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Needed Research in Global Technical Communication

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Although technical documents have an ancient history as a genre,the profession of technical communication is relatively new. Since its inception in the 1940s and ’50s, it has grown significantly in North America and western Europe, but it has only begun to make inroads in Asia and eastern Europe in the past two decades.

As we recognize that our profession is becoming global not only in terms of the audiences it serves but also in terms of those who practice it, we should likewise acknowledge that our discipline’s research base is no longer adequate. We need to revisit our assumptions and question whether they are sufficient to serve us and the people with whom we communicate today and in the future. To do that, we need to investigate how such factors as audience, purpose, rhetorical patterns, and document design in the rest of the world differ from what we are accustomed to.
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Document Type: Editorial

Publication date: 01 May 2006

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