Beyond aerospace and defence: applying the ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English specification to other domains
The proposed session will focus on the purposes of Simplified Technical English, illustrating the structure of the ASD-STE100 Specification and its advantages for translators and technical authors.
ASD-STE100 (STE) is a controlled language which was developed in the early Eighties (as AECMA Simplified English) to help the users of English-language maintenance documentation understand what they read. It was initially applicable to commercial aviation. Subsequently, it became a requirement for Defence projects, including Land and Sea vehicles. Today, the success of STE is such that other industries use it beyond its intended purpose of maintenance documentation and outside the Aerospace and Defence domains.
STE addresses difficulties in English comprehension related to complex sentence structures, confusing word forms, and ambiguous vocabulary.
Although STE was created to improve maintenance documentation, its principles can dramatically improve the reading quality of technical documentation in any industry.
Session and activities: After a brief introduction on the history and structure of STE, the audience will be involved in some interactive exercises to re-write sentences according to the Specification.
Participants will also be provided with a link to receive their free copy of current Issue 7.