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Nauyo 1 Nicole Nauyo Professor Powell ENC 3241: Writing for the Technical Profession 3 February 2013 Critical

Analysis One: Achieving a Readable Style Anytime when you write, you have set of guidelines you must follow to achieve a readable style. In the articles, The Art of Digital Publishing: A foundation of combined standards to support the future of publishing by Daniel Lynch and Content Conditioning and Distribution for Dynamic Virtual Worlds by Jeff Terrace writes about a topic involving multi-dimensions. Daniel Lynch talks about TeX, a math program to help students in math, physics, and engineering. Jeff Terrance talks about virtual worlds. To start off, I think that Jeff Terrance would be more of a stronger communicator then Daniel Lynch. Jeff Terrance, in the introduction states a quote from Neal Stephenson, which captured my attention right away. After the quote, Terrance then talks about how threedimensions first came about. In Daniel Lynchs article, he goes straight into talking about the TeX. Without knowing what TeX was can makes it hard to follow. An example of how Terrance was a better communicator would be, The Metaverse: a place where users are uncon-strained by the rules of the virtual environment (Terrance, 2). This sentence here was well put together and got right to the point. On the other hand, Lynch, stated In today's world, we don't need diskettes with programs, we have the ability to run interpreted programs in a web browser today, a digital version of his book could now implement the algorithms described, and perhaps as mentioned, this could be next next evolution of his text ( Lynch, 8). This statement is wordy; it could have been broken up into two sentences. Therefore, it made difficult to follow.

Nauyo 2 The author that illustrates stronger design principles would be again Terrance. In Terrances work, the figures are all outlined on xi and xii. By him doing this, it showed were the figures were exactly in the texted. This made it easier to go back to a certain figure if needed too. In addition, under each figure they would be labeled with a brief description so you had an idea of what the paragraph following it was going to entail. In Lynchs work, he also had diagrams but I dont think his designer principles were as strong. I say this because; his figures were not labeled. This made it hard if you wanted to go back and look at a particular figure. Lynch and Terrances writing showed great use in syntax and cadence. Both these authors have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Lynch and Terrance both excel as a technical writer by having a lot of knowledge regarding their subject. Lynch excelled by going into great detail when explain what the TeX does and how its helpful to professors and students. Terrence excelled by the way his information is presented. His information was very organized which made it easy to follow. However in Lynchs pieces, I would recommend proof reading. Lynch states this could be next next evolution of his text ( Lynch, 8). It looks like that the word next was written twice; this sentence would not be consider concise. Both these authors did a good job in making that paragraphs short and consince. By doing this they only include information that was needed from each topic. These authors could benefit from the other one. Each showed characteristics that the other didnt have. In conclusion, the writing that I felt was stronger the stronger two was Terrance. I felt as if this piece was easier to follow. As Elizabeth Tebeaux and Sam Dragga mention in their text The Essentails of Technical Communication Style refers to the overall way you express your ideas in a document, from the paragraph level to sentence structure and the words and phrase you

Nauyo 3 choose (45). If you want your writing to be read you must make it readable to you indented audience.