What is technical writing?

Communication about anything specialized benefits from technical writing, and so does communication involving technology. If you’ve ever used jumper cables, furniture assembly instructions, or test strips for a home hot tub, you’ve encountered technical writing in everyday life.

There are three types of technical writing needs. They are:

  1. Communicating specialized information such as software documentation
  2. Instruction or guidance material
  3. Communication technology itself, including websites and help systems

So you can see why technical writing is everywhere and not limited to fields like finance, law, and manufacturing. Some kinds of technical writing require specialized knowledge. There is also an art aspect to conveying a concept with clarity and simplicity for the right purpose and the particular audience.

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