There are a variety of of optional sections that have the potential to enhance a technical report, including disclaimers, a glossary, a preface, or a foreword. Judy explains how disclaimers might be a necessary legal requirement for a report. A glossary can benefit reports with a variety of unique terms or acronyms. In addition, the video explains the difference between a preface, which is a general discussion of the topic, and a foreword, which acknowledges those involved in the report.
- [Instructor] So what's left?…Maybe nothing, but do consider if you need…or if these parts would benefit your reader.…First, disclaimers.…In law, a disclaimer is a statement denying responsibility…and implies some uncertainty.…Its intent is to prevent a lawsuit.…For example, maybe you need a disclaimer…that the results of your technical report…may not work for another individual or company.…Sometimes, formal disclaimers are required…for some industry regulations.…
Be sure to investigate if your industry…requires a disclaimer.…Learn about the laws and regulations…that apply to your technical report.…Maybe a warranty disclaimer, saying that your company…has no obligation whatsoever to repair,…replace, or service the equipment…after it's transferred to the receiver.…Maybe in a technical manual, the statement might be made…that the instructions are not guaranteed…to replace a thorough inspection by a professional.…However, a disclaimer does not necessarily guarantee…that a legal dispute won't happen…because the other legal aspects may also be involved.…
- Identifying the purpose and main point of the report
- Evaluating audience needs
- Conducting research
- Writing a first draft
- Writing an abstract
- Including methodology and procedure
- Creating a cover letter
- Crediting sources
- Considering language formality
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