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Writing rules: Simplified English

Use simplified English

All writers shall attempt to adopt the standards provided for simplified English.

Simplified English is the original name of a controlled language historically developed for aerospace industry maintenance manuals. It offers a carefully limited and standardized subset of English. It is now officially known under its trademarked name as Simplified Technical English (STE). Although STE is regulated for use in the aerospace and defense industries, other industries have used it as a basis for developing their own controlled English standards.

Proponents claim that Simplified Technical English can:

  • Reduce ambiguity
  • Improve the clarity of technical writing, especially procedural writing
  • Improve comprehension for people whose first language is not English
  • Make human translation easier, faster and more cost effective
  • Facilitate computer-assisted translation and machine translation

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Standards for writing and grammar rules

  • Microsoft Style Guide, 4th Edition, Microsoft Press, Washington, 2012, ISBN 978-0-7356-4871-5
  • Chicago manual of Style, 16th Edition, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2012, ISBN 978-0-226-10420-1

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