From Millwrights to Shipwrights to the Twenty-First Century: Explorations in a History of Technical Communication in the United States
This text divides the history of American technical communication into three themes: the importance of visual communication (1791-1887); the power of genre (1791-1980); and the role of technical communicators as innovators within constraints (1948-1954).
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Introduction The Role of Clio the Muse of History
Oliver Evans and the Weave of Text and Graphics
The Changing Weave of Text and Graphics
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Accession 1825 American audience automobile instruction manuals automobile manuals BINAC calculators cards cash register Chapline Chapline's Company computer documentation described differential analyzers Eckert Editorial Department EDVAC electromechanical electrostatic memory Eltgroth EMCC Engineering Report ENIAC Evans's example Figure Flesch Reading Ease genre element Griffiths Griffiths's Hagley Museum half-hull lift-model half-words heading hierarchy History of Computing ibid IBM's illustrations imperative mood instruction manual genre invention John Lida Lida's machine and mower-reaper Maintenance Manual Mauchly McKay mechanical mower-reaper manuals Museum and Archives Northrop Oliver Evans Operating and Maintenance Operator's Reference Manual paragraphs patent percentage Preliminary Operator's Reference Principles of Operation Punched Card Accounting punched-card readers Remington Rand rhetorical Rochester Rochester's scientific sewing machine manuals shipwright signature style Society for Technical specific table of contents task-oriented Technical Communication technical writer tion Type UNIVAC visual Wilmington words writing York