RE: "shorthand" vs. plain writing style

Subject: RE: "shorthand" vs. plain writing style
From: "Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>
To: "Yves Barbion" <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 11:27:46 -0700

I think it works.

Translation of car repair manuals is fraught with peril, though. In
particular, if you're translating *into* English, *please* produce both
an American English and British English version. I have a motorcycle
manual written in British English that is a real struggle to understand.

Joe Malin
Technical Writer
jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com
The views expressed in this document are those of the sender, and do not
necessarily reflect those of TuVox, Inc.

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Subject: "shorthand" vs. plain writing style

Hello techwhirlers,

I'm doing some research on car repair manuals. A typical writing style
seems to be some sort of "shorthand" English, in which articles and
are omitted. For example:

- "Remove fuel tank cover."
- "Drain fuel tank and clean fuel filler neck and surrounding area."
- "Unscrew securing bolt and remove tank flap unit with rubber cup."
- "Remove securing bolts on filler neck."
- "Ensure fuel hoses are tight."

Any thoughts/opinions about this writing style? Pros and cons? Where
this writing style come from? Effect on the readability and
of the text?

Thanks in advance.

Best regards

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