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Current Practices and Trends in Technical and Professional Communication

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ISBN-10: 09506459-90
ISBN-13: 978-0-9506459-9-5

Published: July 2017

Page count: 349

Price: £24.50 + p&p, 25% discount for ISTC members and affiliates.

The discount is available on proof of membership of a national professional technical communication association (or equivalent, at the discretion of the ISTC).

To order this title direct from the ISTC, please contact books@istc.org.uk.


February 2018 book review by Tom Warren for Technical Communication (Volume 65, Number 1)
“For US students, teachers, and program directors, as well as practicing technical communicators in both countries, this anthology offers considerable value for money. While it has some elements that are unique to the UK, most of the material is equally applicable to the US.”

November 2017 book review by Aedin Collins for Technically Write IT
“This is a very well-written book offering great insights into the ever-changing role of today’s technical communicator.”

About the book

Technical and professional communicators are experts in making complex systems and worlds understandable to those who need to access them. However, both the concepts we are communicating about and the tools we are communicating with are changing at a rapid pace. To communicate effectively, we need our own knowledge and understanding to remain current, identifying best practice and learning from the experience of others.

Current Practices and Trends in Technical and Professional Communication is a valuable source of collective knowledge from our community of practice. Experienced practitioners and innovators (from the UK and international) are sharing what they know for the benefit of both the communicator and the end user.

The topics in the book cover important issues affecting the work we do (including globalization, localization and accessibility), and the tools and processes we can use to resolve some of the issues we encounter. Changes in technology are described, and ways of harnessing that technology are identified, including both current and future possibilities.

Whether you work in relative isolation, as the sole technical or professional communicator in a multidisciplinary team, or with other technical or professional communicators, you will find plenty in this book that is thought-provoking, interesting and useful.

About the Editor

Stephen Crabbe is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth, UK. His research interests lie in written and visual technical and professional communication, and he has published widely in this area.