In his previous article, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. showed us how to how to use the online STE-Dictionary to find approved usage of words. as Step #2 of the Thumbs Up Technique for Simplified Technical English. In this last article, he discusses Step#3, modifying the sentences into simple and comprehensible language, based on the suggestions made by the online ST-Dictionary.
This step contains part 1 of the ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English Standard: the writing rules. There are two things that help to modify sentences towards STE:
- Look at the sentences in the APPROVED EXAMPLE column of the online STE-Dictionary
The writing rules have been applied to all these sentences. Without knowing all 66 writing rules, it is possible to copy/paste commonly used sentences from this column or imitate the way the sentences are built and create your own sentences.
- Present the crux of the information and convey it in simple and comprehensible language
When writing in a functional approach to write in a controlled language, there are specific rules for text functions such as instructions, results or warning messages.
Read more about it in this article.