Writing for Experts
Distinguish between two types of experts: general experts and specific
experts. Both kinds are readers with extensive technical knowledge of the document's subject
Levels of Knowledge
General experts possess extensive knowledge about a field in general, but they might
be unfamiliar with particular technical terms, specific equipment,
or recent advances in your document's subject matter. Specific experts, on the other
hand, share or surpass your knowledge about a document's subject matter.
Purposes in Using Document
Experts read technical and scientific documents for a variety of purposes:
Strategies for Writing to Experts
- If your audience consists solely of specific experts, you may not need
to give extensive background or define key technical
terms or acronyms.
- If your audience includes general experts, provide sufficient
background information and define any terms that they might be unfamiliar
- Do not just present a concept to an expert. Also explain its parts and processes in
See Document Density.
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