Material found in the appendix of a technical report is supplemental content that adds value for some readers. Learn about the different types of supporting material including written and visual content. This video covers the organization and presentation of an appendix, including proper referencing and numbering of items.
- [Instructor] Appendices, or appendixes, both are correct.…I prefer appendices, so that's…the pronunciation I'll use throughout this lesson.…Regardless of how it's pronounced, it serves one purpose.…It's sort of a catch-all location.…Items, visuals, any additional information…that your reader might be interested in seeing,…more detailed explanations,…but this extra information may not…be critical to understanding the report.…Although, some technical report writers…identify appended materials as essential detail…too large for the body of the report.…
We'll discuss the appendices based on…how the majority define it, it's extra,…adds value for some readers,…and by putting it in appendices,…you let the reader see it when he or she wants to.…Putting the supplemental information at the end…will let the reader continue reading…without breaking the thought flow.…If the reader is having a difficult time…understanding or following the analysis,…and a more detailed explanation is given in the appendix,…then he or she can decide that…
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- Identify the purpose and main point of a report.
- Determine which questions should be asked before writing a technical report.
- Recall the six ethical principles identified by the Society of Technical Writers.
- List three groups of readers that could be the audience for a technical report.
- Examine the technical audience.
- Explain when it is appropriate to use generic headings.
- Recognize the best approach for writing a first draft.
- Name three areas of a report that should be assessed during the revision process.
- Review the best strategies for keeping your writing concise.
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