section introduces the concepts of structured writing to those
who are unfamiliar with it but are interested in ways of simplifying
their writing tasks.
What is structured
The term structured writing can describe any consistent
method of analysing, organising and presenting text to achieve
a particular result. Most commonly, the term describes specific,
proven techniques for presenting business and technical material
so that it can be quickly read, understood, remembered, and acted
Structured writing is a reader-centred approach to document
design in that it applies proven research about how people read
and process information. Structured writing techniques have been
developed through research in business and military organisations.
As research continues, communications professionals find new
ways of helping people get their written messages across quickly
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