Writing Instructions

  • Michael Alley


Instructions teach people how to perform processes such as machining a turbine blade, running a computer program, or handling a toxic chemical. Each of these examples points to the importance of well-written instructions. If the specifications for the turbine blade are unclear, the engineer will have to resubmit the job. If the software manual is disorganized, users of the program will waste time searching for commands. If the safety precautions for handling the toxic chemical are ambiguous, someone might become ill. Money, time, and health depend on the quality of the writing in instructions.


Turbine Blade Toxic Chemical Software Manual White Space Game Board 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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  1. Graves, Robert, and Alan Hodge, The Use and Abuse of the English Language (New York: Marlowe & Company, 1995), p. 95.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Alley
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  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer EngineeringVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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