Accession Number:

AD0722054

Title:

Effective Technical Communications Copy Preparation and Reproduction - Experiment I.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

105.0

Abstract:

The effects of three variables in the copy preparation and reproduction of a written technical message upon the effectiveness of the message were tested on five definably different audiences in a 2 x 2 x 2 factorial experiment. The message was a 3619 work passage describing a simple mechanical device and containing ten line drawings. The variables tested were margins straight or ragged, corrections clean or sloppy, and reproduction clean or dirty. The effectiveness of the message was measured by a comprehension test, reading time, judgments of the authors knowledge of his subject, and judgments of the authors competence as a writer. The five audiences tested were drawn from the student bodies at the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Air Force Academy, and the University of Dayton. Audience contrasts were made on the basis of sex, intelligence, technical inclination, and instruction in technical writing. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE