Technical writing for teams [electronic resource] : the STREAM tools handbook
- Mamishev, Alexander, 1971-
- Piscataway, NJ : IEEE Press ; Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2010.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (xvii, 243 p.) : ill.
- Williams, Sean, 1970-
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- PREFACE. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION. 1.1 IN THIS CHAPTER. 1.2 OUR AUDIENCE. 1.2.1 A few horror stories. 1.2.2 Some history. 1.3 THE NEED FOR A GOOD "WRITING SYSTEM". 1.4 INTRODUCING STREAM TOOLS. 1.4.1 What is STREAM Tools? 1.4.2 Why use STREAM Tools? 1.4.3 The software of STREAM Tools. 220.127.116.11 Recommended packages. 18.104.22.168 A brief comparison of Microsoft Word vs. LaTeX: history and myths. 1.5 HOW TO USE THIS BOOK. 1.6 EXERCISES. CHAPTER 2. QUICK START GUIDE FOR STREAM TOOLS. 2.1 IN THIS CHAPTER. 2.2 A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE WRITING PROCESS. 2.3 INTRODUCTION TO WRITING QUALITY TOOLS: THE STREAM TOOLS EDITORIAL MARK-UP TABLE. 2.4 INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENT DESIGN TOOLS. 2.4.1 Important fundamental concepts. 22.214.171.124 Step 1: Use template files to create your new manuscripts. 126.96.36.199 Step 2: Copy existing elements and paste them into a new location. 188.8.131.52 Step 3: Edit the element. 184.108.40.206 Step 4: Cross-referencing elements. 2.4.2 Creating Elements in a Document. 220.127.116.11 Headings. 18.104.22.168 Equations. 22.214.171.124 Figures. 126.96.36.199 Tables. 188.8.131.52 References (literature citations). 2.5 INTRODUCTION TO FILE MANAGEMENT: OPTIMIZING YOUR WORKFLOW. 2.5.1 General principles. 2.5.2 Using a wiki for file management. 2.5.3 Version control. 2.6 CONCLUSIONS. 2.7 EXERCISES. CHAPTER 3. DOCUMENT DESIGN. 3.1 IN THIS CHAPTER. 3.2 CREATING TEMPLATES. 3.2.1 Headings. 184.108.40.206 How to create and cross-reference a heading template. 220.127.116.11 How to alter a heading template. 18.104.22.168 Common formatting mistakes in headings. 22.214.171.124 Common stylistic mistakes for headings. 126.96.36.199 Tips and tricks. 3.2.2 Equations. 188.8.131.52 How to create and cross-reference an equation template. 184.108.40.206 How to alter an equation template. 220.127.116.11 Common formatting mistakes for equations. 18.104.22.168 Common stylistic mistakes for equations. 22.214.171.124 Tips and tricks. 3.2.3 Figures. 126.96.36.199 How to create and cross-reference a figure template. 188.8.131.52 How to alter a figure template. 184.108.40.206 Common formatting mistakes in figures. 220.127.116.11 Common stylistic mistakes in figures. 18.104.22.168 Tips and tricks for figures. 3.2.4 Tables. 22.214.171.124 How to create and cross-reference a table template. 126.96.36.199 How to alter a table template. 188.8.131.52 Common typesetting mistakes. 184.108.40.206 Common stylistic mistakes in tables. 220.127.116.11 Tips and tricks for tables. 3.2.5 Front matter. 18.104.22.168 Controlling page numbers. 22.214.171.124 Table of contents. 3.2.6 Back matter. 126.96.36.199 Appendices. 188.8.131.52 Indices. 3.3 USING MULTIPLE TEMPLATES. 3.3.1 Controlling styles. 3.3.2 Switching between single-column and double-column formats. 3.3.3 Master documents. 3.4 PRACTICE PROBLEMS. 3.4.1 Headings. 3.4.2 Equations. 3.4.3 Figures. 3.4.4 Tables. 3.5 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. 3.6 EXERCISES. CHAPTER 4. USING BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES. 4.1 IN THIS CHAPTER. 4.2 WHY USE A BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASE? 4.3 CHOICE OF SOFTWARE. 4.4 USING ENDNOTE. 4.4.1 Setting up the interface. 4.4.2 Adding references. 4.4.3 Citing references. 4.5 SHARING A DATABASE. 4.5.1 Numbering the database entries. 4.5.2 Compatibility with BiBTeX. 4.6 FORMATTING REFERENCES. 4.7 EXERCISES. CHAPTER 5. PLANNING, DRAFTING, AND EDITING DOCUMENTS. 5.1 IN THIS CHAPTER. 5.2 DEFINITION STAGE. 5.2.1 Select your team members. 5.2.2 Hold a kick-off meeting. 5.2.3 Analyze the audience. 5.2.4 Formulate the purpose. 184.108.40.206 Persuasion. 220.127.116.11 Exposition. 18.104.22.168 Instruction. 5.2.5 Select the optimum combination of STREAM Tools. 5.3 PREPARATION STAGE. 5.3.1 Evaluate historical documents. 22.214.171.124 Journal articles. 126.96.36.199 Proceedings/papers. 188.8.131.52 Theses and dissertations. 184.108.40.206 Proposals. 220.127.116.11 Reports. 5.3.2 Populate the file repository. 5.3.3 Create a comprehensive outline of the document. 18.104.22.168 Using deductive structures. 22.214.171.124 Using Microsoft Word's Outline feature. 5.3.4 Populate all sections with "yellow text". 5.3.5 Distribute writing tasks among team members. 126.96.36.199 Choose a drafting strategy. 188.8.131.52 Synchronize writing styles. 5.4 WRITING STAGE. 5.4.1 Enter content. 184.108.40.206 Legacy content. 220.127.116.11 New content. 18.104.22.168 Control versions of shared files. 5.4.2 Request that team members submit their drafts. 5.4.3 Verify that each section is headed in the right direction. 5.4.4 Construct the whole document. 5.4.5 Revise for content and distribute additional writing tasks. 22.214.171.124 Comprehensive editing. 126.96.36.199 STREAM Tools Editorial Mark-up table (STEM Table). 188.8.131.52 Strategies for editing electronic copy using Microsoft Word--an overview of Microsoft Word's commenting, reviewing, and proofing features. 5.4.6 Distribute additional writing tasks. 5.5 COMPLETION STAGE. 5.5.1 Copy edit the document. 5.5.2 Send out for a final review of content and clarity. 5.5.3 Proofread the document. 5.5.4 Submit the document. 5.5.5 Conduct the final process-improvement review session. 5.6 EXERCISES. 5.7 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. CHAPTER 6. BUILDING HIGH QUALITY WRITING TEAMS. 6.1 IN THIS CHAPTER. 6.2 UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF TEAMWORK. 6.2.1 The payoff of teamwork. 6.2.2 Some principle challenges of teamwork. 6.3 IDENTIFYING TEAM GOALS AND ASSIGNING MEMBER ROLES. 6.3.1 Define roles and procedures clearly. 184.108.40.206 Define team roles. 220.127.116.11 Define team procedures. 6.4 MANAGING TEAMWORK AT A DISTANCE. 6.4.1 Building trust in virtual teams. 6.4.2 Demonstrating sensitivity to cultural differences. 6.5 SELECTING COMMUNICATION TOOLS TO SUPPORT TEAMWORK. 6.5.1 Wikis. 18.104.22.168 Creating a wiki. 22.214.171.124 Editing. 126.96.36.199 Organizing. 188.8.131.52 Monitoring edits. 184.108.40.206 Other suggestions for wiki use. 6.5.2 SharePoint. 220.127.116.11 Lists. 18.104.22.168 Web pages. 22.214.171.124 Alerts and site management. 6.6 EXERCISES. 6.7 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. CHAPTER 7. ASSURING QUALITY WRITING. 7.1 IN THIS CHAPTER. 7.2 CHOOSING THE BEST WORDS 278. 7.2.1 Choose strong words. 126.96.36.199 Use strong nouns and verbs. 188.8.131.52 Choose words with the right level of formality. 7.2.2 Avoid weak words. 184.108.40.206 Check for confusing or frequently misused words. 220.127.116.11 Avoid double negatives, and change negatives to affirmatives. 18.104.22.168 Avoid changing verbs to nouns. 22.214.171.124 Delete meaningless words and modifiers. 126.96.36.199 Steer clear of jargon. 188.8.131.52 Avoid sexist or discriminatory language. 7.3 WRITING STRONG SENTENCES. 7.3.1 Write economically. 7.3.2 Include a variety of sentence types. 7.4 AVOIDING WEAK SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION. 184.108.40.206 Comma splices. 220.127.116.11 Fragments. 18.104.22.168 Fused or run-on sentences. 22.214.171.124 Misplaced, dangling, or two-way modifiers. 126.96.36.199 Faulty parallelism. 7.5 PUNCTUATING FOR CLARITY. 7.5.1 End punctuation. 188.8.131.52 Periods. 184.108.40.206 Question marks. 220.127.116.11 Exclamation points. 7.5.2 Commas. 7.5.3 Semicolons. 7.5.4 Colons. 7.5.5 Apostrophes. 7.5.6 Dashes and hyphens. 7.6 FINAL CONSIDERATIONS. 7.6.1 Abbreviations and acronyms. 7.6.2 Capitalization. 7.6.3 Numbers. 7.6.4 Dates. 7.6.5 Fractions and percentages. 7.6.6 Units of measure. 7.7 A FINAL NOTE ON GRAMMAR. 7.8 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. CHAPTER 8. CONCLUDING REMARKS. 8.1 IN THIS CHAPTER. 8.2 BUSINESS CASE. 8.3 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. 8.4 SUCCESS STORIES. 8.5 ADDITIONAL READING. 8.5.1 Useful books and articles. 8.5.2 Useful weblinks. 8.6 EXERCISES.
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- Publisher's Summary
- A unique, integrative, team-centered approach to writing and formatting technical documents Technical Professionals: Do you have difficulty producing high-quality documents with multiple contributors when faced with a tight deadline? Do you need a process that enables global team members to collaborate online as they produce sophisticated documents? Do you prefer the ease of a WYSIWG desktop publishing tool like Microsoft Word rather than more complex software like LaTeX? Professors and Graduate Students: Do you want to streamline the process of writing multi-investigator papers, reports, proposals, and books? Do you spend a lot of time formatting documents instead of thinking and writing? Do you write research papers in Microsoft Word and then need to convert them to LaTeX for your thesis? Do you write research papers in LaTeX and then need to convert them to Microsoft Word when embarking on collaborations with your colleagues from industry? Undergraduate Students: Do you need to write a research paper and don't know where to start? Do you need to collaborate with classmates on a long paper and find yourself lost in organizational details rather than immersed in the content? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, Technical Writing for Teams: The STREAM Tools Handbook is for you. It provides an easy-to-learn system that streamlines individual and collaborative writing, allowing you and your teams to instantly become more productive and create the highest quality documents in a minimum amount of time. Introduced here are the STREAM Tools- S cientific and T echnical w R iting, E diting, A nd file M anagement Tools-which unlock your collaborators' potential and addresses team dynamics, separation of duties, and workflow. You'll see how to ensure compatibility among multiple writers, achieve consistent formatting, organize content, integrate bibliographic databases, automate the process of document preparation, and move content between Microsoft Word and LaTeX. Checklists, guidelines, and success stories are also included to help you operate as efficiently as possible. From planning and editing documents to solving common team writing problems to managing workflow, Technical Writing for Teams: The STREAM Tools Handbook is the one-stop reference that allows teams to collaborate successfully and create unified, effective documents.
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