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CALL FOR PAPERS: Special issue of the journal of _Technical
Communication_ (the journal of the STC) devoted to "Technical
Communication on the Internet." Date of publication: December 1996.
Guest editors: Laura J. Gurak and Christine Silker, University of
We seek papers that highlight the implications of electronic mail,
World Wide Web pages, and other Internet-based communication
technologies for researchers and practitioners in technical
communication. During the past fifteen years, practice and theory in
technical communication have experienced major changes, in large
part due to significant advances in computer technology. Recently,
the interactive technologies of the Internet are providing new
opportunities for efficient, audience- and task-centered technical
communication. Yet while Internet use is increasing, little research
explicitly addresses the concerns of technical communication on the
Internet. Though many organizations are experimenting with
online documentation on Web pages and many teachers are
integrating Internet technologies into the technical communication
curriculm, practitioners and academics alike do not have a high-
level, broad-based body of knowledge to which they can turn.
It is our hope that this special issue of _Technical Communication_
will provide the beginnings of such knowledge. Therefore, we seek
a range of papers in areas including: case studies on Internet use in
organizations, the classroom, and electronic mailing lists; broad
visions of the Internet and technical communication; theoretical
and practical advice on markup languges, online publishing; and
other related topics.
If you are interested in submitting a paper to this special issue,
please send an abstract of 200-250 words and a short biographical
statement of 100 words to reach us no later than November 27. Send
silker -at- epx -dot- cis -dot- umn -dot- edu
Department of Rhetoric
University of Minnesota
201 Haecker Hall/1364 Eckles Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108