The ISTC’s monthly events continue in the new year with a presentation by Mike Unwalla. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
1pm-2pm GMT, Tuesday, 12 January 2021
“Simplified Technical English”
About the presentation
Human failures cause accidents. A typical cause of human failure is unclear instructions. ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English (STE) helps to make instructions clear, and thus STE decreases the risk of human failure.
Standard English can be difficult for people who read English as a second language. Phrasal verbs (multi-word verbs) such as ‘carry out’, ‘put up with’, and ‘work out’ are a special problem. STE helps to make text clear to people who read English as a second language.
STE is a controlled language. This presentation gives examples of rules from STE. The examples show how STE makes text as clear as possible.
The implementation of STE in an organization is not easy. The implementation must include terminology management. Input from subject-matter experts is necessary. Possibly, technical communicators will resist the use of STE, because they do not like to conform to a controlled language. Technical communicators must be trained to write STE.
You can read most of what I will say in ‘The case for ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English’ in ‘Current Practices and Trends in Technical and Professional Communication’ (https://istc.org.uk/homepage/publications-and-resources/istc-books/current-practices-and-trends-in-technical-and-professional-communication/). Come to this presentation ready to ask questions, argue, disagree, and discuss. Thank you.
Many years ago, Mike taught English as a foreign language. Now, he is a freelance technical writer. At the ISTC conference (now TCUK) in 2001, someone showed him a software checker for AECMA Simplified English, which is now ASD-STE10 Simplified Technical English (STE) (www.asd-ste100.org). Since then, he has been interested in STE. He was a temporary UK representative of the Simplified Technical English Maintenance Group (STEMG) at the May 2019 meeting. He is a member of the UK Simplified Technical English Working Group.