(Online) ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English, Issue 8, May 2021, International Specification for the Preparation of Technical Documentation in a Controlled Language
May 4th 2021 marks the release of Issue 8 of the Simplified Technical English (STE) specification. ✍🏼 A few salient points worth considering, and in the words of the STE Maintenance Group Chair: – Issue 8 concludes the global review process that started with Issue 7 in 2017. While Issue 7, mainly focused on the technical writing rules of STE, Issue 8 is dedicated to the improvement of the sentence examples provided in Simplified English. – There are 706 revised words that correspond to 32% of the total number of dictionary word entries. The sentence examples in the new issue are much easier for technical writers to relate to as the focus is on the correct replacement of unapproved words with related approved words or suitable sentence constructions in STE. – This is also the first time since 1983 that changes are driven by users who actively participated in the general review of the pre-release version.