Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908

Subject: Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:42:17 -0500

The Antikythera Mechanism of about 200 BC
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism
apparently had an instruction plate, most of which was not recovered.

Also, Xenophon, 430-354 BC, wrote an extensive treatise on horsemanship, usually referred to as "On Horsemanship," which has many explicit instruction on the selection, care and training of horses, much of which still applies today.

As for the 1908 book, I especially enjoyed the section on hyphens.

On Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:40:21 -0500, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:

Geoffrey Chaucer:
A Treatise on the Astrolabe
c.. 1391

The earliest known technical document that follows a structure we would recognize today. Provides a theory of operation, functional description and step-by-step instructions for use.

http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/chaucer-astro.asp

Gene Kim-Eng


On 12/31/2014 4:02 AM, Rick Lippincott wrote:
Dated 1908?

Another nail in the coffin of the myth that tech writing started with
the computer age.
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References:
A guide to technical writing from 1908: From: yehoshua paul
Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908: From: Rick Lippincott
Re: A guide to technical writing from 1908: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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