Merchant’s English Usage Guide for Technical Writers for Mr. Merchant’s Technical Writing Classes
Merchant’s English Usage Guide for Technical Writers (PDF, 1,1 MB). Updated: December 14, 2018.
Different writing genres have different usage guidelines as their contexts and needs differ. Technical writing requires concise, clear writing with correct grammar, spelling, and usage. Wordiness, complex sentences, and even minor grammar and spelling errors can make a document inefficient at best and ineffective at worst; these can lead to expensive or even dangerous miscommunication and mistranslation. Also, such errors are unprofessional and reflect poorly on you and your employer. Check, double-check, and check again your grammar, spelling, and usage before submitting any technical document.