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Dec 19, 2011   //   by Barry Saiff   //   Blog, Concepts and Definitions, Reference Articles  //  1 Comment
What is Technical Writing?

What is technical writing? Common usage differs in different places and contexts. In some universities in the Philippines, courses that teach how to properly write business correspondence and reports are called technical writing courses. This usage differs from the definitions below.

Business writing includes all types of non-fiction writing that may be needed to support a business. However, business writing refers most often to business correspondence, both internal memos and business letters, and business presentations, reports, and similar documents. Business writing also includes marketing writing.

Technical writing is writing that deals with technical subject matter. This includes training materials and all types of product documentation. Technical writing often refers mainly to software documentation. While technical writing is a subset of business writing, technical writing can occur in non-business environments, such as universities, non-profits, and government agencies. Technical writing often includes marketing writing. Technical writing also includes various specialized types of writing, for example aerospace, medical, legal, and scientific writing.

Marketing writing includes any writing intended primarily to represent a product or an enterprise to its market. For example, brochures, data sheets, white papers, and Web sites.

Of course there is a good deal of overlap between these categories. Web sites often provide product documentation and other technical material. White papers may be more technical or more marketing-focused. A business proposal for a product may be full of details about the technology of the product.

Just in the USA, there are approximately 20,000 technical writers, of whom at least several thousand are writing software documentation. It is likely that many millions of other workers in the USA are engaged in business writing during at least part of their work days.

The definitions here are important because of the confusion between business writing and technical writing that appears to be prevalent in the Philippines, and perhaps in other countries as well.

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