It was initially applicable to commercial aviation. It then became a requirement for Defense projects, including land and sea vehicles. As a consequence, today, many maintenance manuals are written in STE. First attempts towards a form of controlled English were made as early as the s and s with Basic English and Caterpillar Fundamental English. There were also European airlines that had to translate parts of their maintenance documentation into other languages for their local mechanics. In , after an investigation into the different types of controlled languages that existed in other industries, the AECMA decided to produce its own controlled English.
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STE helps to make technical documentation easy to understand by standardising vocabulary , grammar and style , while letting users control their specific terminology. It includes a set of approximately 53 technical writing rules and a basic general vocabulary dictionary of approximately approved words for writing technical documentation. Although Simplified Technical English originates from the aerospace and defence industries, it can easily be customised and applied to any other industry, including machinery, automotive, electronics, IT and medical equipment.
Consequently, whether the majority of your audience is made up of native or non-native speakers of the English language , getting your message across clearly becomes faster and easier. Text based on Simplified Technical English is also cheaper and faster to translate. Users of your documentation will benefit from higher translation quality , and mistranslations become a thing of the past. Injuries, losses and costly legal liabilities can occur as a result of unclear documentation and ambiguous translations.
Simplified Technical English is based on standardised terminology and simple grammar rules. Consistent terminology facilitates your task of indexing and helps users to find pertinent information faster by eliminating unnecessary synonyms and spelling variants. Grammar rules for instance, promote the use of the active voice and simple present tense to clearly identify the doer of a particular action so as to avoid miscommunication and ambiguous translations during the localisation process.
Achieve consistency across all documentation types by aligning people and documentation strategies on a global scale. 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 management , as 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.
Shufrans TechDocs. Text written in Simplified Technical English shows improved readability and translatability. These benefits should not be overlooked as products and their accompanying documentation are increasingly shipped to many countries worldwide where English is not the main language used.
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Simplified Technical English
The course introduces the philosophy of Simplified Technical English, explains the underlying grammatical principles and gives delegates opportunities to use Simplified Technical English in practical exercises. This can be electronic or paper-based. This course will give you the skills to produce easier to read documentation, making it easier to translate. The language is concise and precise making it easier to use in different formats. An excellent enjoyable course which was delivered by an extremely professional and knowledgeable subject matter expert. It was clear from the offset that the instructor really knew the subject and was able to deal with all questions posed by the audience.
Simplified Technical English Specification: ASD-STE100
It was initially applicable to commercial aviation. Then, it became also a requirement for Defence projects, including Land and Sea vehicles. As a consequence, today, primary texts of maintenance manuals are mostly written in STE. Today, the success of STE is such that other industries want to use it beyond its intended purpose of maintenance documentation and outside the Aerospace and Defence domains. Although the STE structure is stable and consolidated, the language has to be kept in line with the technology evolution and amended on the basis of the continuous and important feedback received from the users. The international language of many industries is English, and English is the language most used for writing technical documentation.