English is the official language for technical documentation in the aerospace and defense industries. However, many end-users are confused. Simplified Technical English, ASD-STE Issue 6. Highlights. Page HI Highlights. This Issue 6 of the specification replaces all previous issues. ASD-STE Simplified Technical English extends the concepts of plain English. ASD-STE brings engineering rigour to the English.

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The approved words can only be used according to their specified meaning. For example, words or phrases such as overhead panelgreasepropellerto reamand to drill are not listed in the Dictionary, but qualify as approved terms under the guidelines in Part 1, Section 1 specifically, Writing Rules 1. The more I try to refine content, the blinder I become to it. The result of combining a controlled vocabulary with this grammar yields content that is clear and easy to follow, especially for non-native speakers.

The dictionary includes around words, and the writing rules have about 65 different grammar rules. Northern Ireland Scotland Scottish Highlands. In addition to a controlled vocabulary, the writing rules require you to use certain verb choices.

To help with this, there are various tools you can install as plugins in your authoring environment. This section does not cite any sources. Although it was not intended for use as a general writing standard, it has been successfully adopted by other industries and for a wide range of document types.

However, it is not often the native language of the readers of technical documentation. Using tools to assist with writing I write a lot — both at work at and on this blog. Consequently, whether the majority of your audience is made up of native or non-native speakers of the English languagegetting your message across clearly becomes faster and easier.


STE consists of a dictionary of about allowed words and a set of 65 writing rules. Academic Word List It can go through your skin and into your body. The Writing Rules also specify restrictions on grammar and style usage. Although mostly aerospace companies are required to adhere to the ASD-STE specification, companies in other industries follow it as well. For example, even the U.

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English language Technical communication Controlled natural languages Simplified languages Controlled English English for specific purposes. It also contains a dictionary of approx. In the absence of third-party endorsement or published eimplified studies, such claims should be considered unconfirmed.

Simplified Technical English STE is an approach to writing developed by the aerospace and defense industries to simplify technical documentation.

STE is mandated by several commercial and military specifications that control the style and content of maintenance documentation, most notably ASD SD. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Simplified Technical Tecgnical is based on standardised terminology and simple grammar rules.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But I would absolutely welcome more tools to aid in identifying problem areas. However, these claims come mostly from those who have invested in developing it, implementing it or supporting it. So STE does not allow do not go close to the landing gearbut it does allow do not go near the landing gear.

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These two groups explored the existing controlled languages and researched texts in several maintenance manuals. Users of your documentation will benefit from higher translation qualityand mistranslations become a thing of the past. Our customised STE training solutions that range from one to three training days will help you expand your knowledge of the fundamental principles of documentation managementas well as highlight the importance of Simplified Technical English writing rules and terminology management to help you capitalise on your existing legacy documentation and translation memory databases.


Together, the dictionary and writing rules help writers produce clear and consistent documentation. Ssd-ste100 training that Etteplan provides distinguishes tfchnical from other companies offering similar services. Simplified Technical English STE consists of a dictionary of allowed words and a set of writing rules.

There were also European airlines that had to translate parts of their maintenance documentation into other languages for their local mechanics. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Kasier provides this before and after the sentence:.

Text written in Simplified Technical English shows improved readability and translatability. Boeing has developed a Simplified English Checker to assist during development. Word lists by frequency and number of words. When words have synonyms, STE prefers the simplest word.

Achieve consistency across all documentation types by aligning people and documentation strategies on a global scale. In aviation, it is mandatory to correctly understand maintenance and operation documentation to make sure that systems operate safely and correctly and to protect human lives.

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Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. STE was developed to help the readers of English-language documentation understand what they read, particularly when these readers are non-native English speakers. Which is easier to read?