Plain English is not sufficient for many technical documents. A controlled language is a solution to the problems of plain English. A controlled language specifies the grammatical structures and the words that a writer can use. The dictionary contains a list of words that you can use.
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English is the international language of science, technology and human relations. It is also the language of the aerospace and defense industry. However, it is not often the native language of the readers of technical documentation. Many readers have a limited knowledge of English. Complex sentence structure and the large number of meanings and synonyms that many English words have can cause confusion.
In aviation, it is mandatory to correctly understand maintenance and operation documentation to make sure that systems operate safely and correctly and to protect human lives. These two groups explored the existing controlled languages and researched texts in several maintenance manuals.
The results confirmed that a simplified language was necessary. STE was developed to help the readers of English-language documentation understand what they read, particularly when these readers are non-native English speakers. Today, the success of STE is such that other industries use it beyond its original intended purpose of aerospace maintenance documentation.
Interest in STE has also increased dramatically in the areas of language services, professional translation and interpreting, as well as in the academic world.
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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.
ASD-STE100, Simplified Technical English for aerospace and defense
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. However, it is often not the native language of the readers or even of the authors of such documentation.
Boeing Simplified English Checker
English is the international language of science, technology and human relations. It is also the language of the aerospace and defense industry. However, it is not often the native language of the readers of technical documentation. Many readers have a limited knowledge of English.
Simplified Technical English
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. Simplified Technical English is claimed [ by whom?