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Imagine your audience, a single engineer or technician, sitting in front of
you. Now, think about how you would explain the procedure to them. Why
should a written procedure be all that much different than a verbal one?
1. In person, you can use gestures, intonations, repetition, rephrasing, and eye contact to convey meaning and get feedback.
2. A written manual must be able to stand on its own (or at least be part of a set of written docs), which requires careful phrasing, unambiguous wording, correct diction, clear syntax, and all the other aspects that tech writers are supposed to have mastered.
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