Accessibility and Acceptability in Technical Manuals

Accessibility and Acceptability in Technical Manuals

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Accessibility and Acceptability in Technical Manuals is written for an audience with a general interest in readability studies, linguistics and technical writing. With the main emphasis on technical manuals the book is primarily targeted at those who have a special interest in the design and use of utility texts and how these texts are received and understood by a multifaceted audience. Accessibility is not a new research area and many explanations have been offered over the past years as to why non-experts often have difficulties in comprehending texts written by technological experts. This book offers a new approach to accessibility studies by exploring not only style, but also attitudes to style, by asking text consumers which style they prefer for different parts of the manual. A key role is played by the Systemic Functional Linguistics' notion of grammatical metaphor, a stylistic choice that is commonly used in technical literature. Grammatical metaphor a€” although apparently obstructing the comprehension process of some readers a€” is a common element in the preferred style that separates the a€˜insidersa€™ from the a€˜outsidersa€™. An explanation of this rather surprising result is offered by resorting to Critical Discourse Analysis.The choice to focus on these three areas should be seen on the background of register theory within Systemic Functional ... including what was then Ford/New Holland (a well-known manufacturer of farming equipa€” ment now taken over by ... All of the texts, which were examples of description, instruction, procedures and specification, were selected in various kinds of technical manuals, and because theanbsp;...

Title:Accessibility and Acceptability in Technical Manuals
Author:Inger Lassen
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2003-05-01


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