Specification ASD-STE European Community Trade Mark No. International specification for the preparation of maintenance documentation. ASD Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE), formerly known as AECMA Simplified English, is an international specification for writing. The STE specification was first released in as the AECMA Simplified English This issue of the ASD-STE specification is dedicated to Dave L. Shaw.

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Use Simplified Technical English to achieve: However, these claims come mostly from those who have invested in developing it, implementing it or supporting sfe100. Abercraf Cardiff Gower Port Talbot. However, it is often not the native language of the readers or even of the authors of such documentation. Today, the success of STE is such that other industries want to use it beyond its specofication purpose of maintenance documentation and outside the Aerospace and Defence domains.

It includes a set of approximately 66 technical writing rules and a basic general vocabulary dictionary of approximately approved words for writing technical documentation. In the absence of third-party endorsement or published scientific studies, such claims should be considered unconfirmed.

It was initially applicable to commercial specificatipn.

STE helps to make technical documentation easy to understand by standardising vocabularygrammar and stylewhile letting users control their specific terminology. Northern Ireland Scotland Scottish Highlands. Specificatiob page was last edited on 13 Decemberat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For example, words or phrases such as overhead panelgreasepropellerto reamand to drill are not listed in the Dictionary, but qualify as ste10 terms under the guidelines in Part 1, Section 1 specifically, Writing Rules 1.

The aerospace set100 defense standard speification as an industry-regulated writing standard for aerospace maintenance documentation, but has become mandatory for an increasing number of military land vehicle, sea vehicle and weapons programs as well.

Simplified Technical English is claimed [ by whom? To request your copy, please follow the instructions on the Downloads page. English language Technical communication Controlled natural languages Simplified languages Controlled English English for specific purposes. I’d Rather be Writing. The international language of many industries is English, and English is the language most used for writing technical documentation.


The dictionary includes entries of both approved and unapproved words. The Writing Rules cover aspects of grammar and style ; the Dictionary specifies the general words that can be used. Varieties by geographic location. STE was developed to help the readers of English-language documentation understand what they read, particularly when these readers are non-native English speakers.

English is the international language of science, technology and human relations. Although Simplified Technical English originates ste010 the aerospace and defence industries, it can easily be customised and applied to any other industry, including machinery, automotive, electronics, IT and medical equipment.

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Grammar rules for instance, promote the use of the active voice and simple present tense to clearly identify the doer of a particular action so ate100 to avoid miscommunication and ambiguous translations during the localisation process. The key factor for the creation of a controlled and simplified form of English was essentially a request from the customers i.

Then, it became also a requirement for Defence projects, including Land and Sea vehicles. Although it was not intended for use as a general writing standard, it has been successfully adopted by other industries and for a wide range of document types.

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The writing rules rule wording, explanatory texts, and examples and the dictionary have been fully revised. Although the STE structure is stable spfcification consolidated, the language has to specificatikn kept in line with the technology evolution and amended on the basis of the continuous and dpecification feedback received from the users.

Subsequently, several changes, issues and revisions were released up to the present issue. Writers are given guidelines for adding technical names and technical verbs to their documentation.


Dublin South and West Ulster. Inafter an investigation into the different types of controlled languages that existed in other industries, the AECMA decided to produce its own controlled English. Check date values in: The adjective “close” appears in the Dictionary as an unapproved word with the suggested approved alternative “near”. In addition to the specified general vocabulary, STE accepts the use of company-specific or project-oriented technical words referred to in STE as Technical Names and Technical Verbsproviding that they fit into one of the categories soecification in the Specification.

For example, the word “close” can only be used in one of two meanings:. Simplified English is sometimes used as a generic term for a controlled specificaton.

Simplified Technical English is based on standardised terminology and simple grammar rules. However, it is not often the native language of the readers of technical documentation.

Interest in STE has also increased dramatically in the areas of language services, professional translation and interpreting, as well as in the academic world. This standard is released every 3 years. It is a carefully limited and standardized subset of English.

Text written in Simplified Technical English shows improved readability and translatability. The linguistic-based checker uses a sophisticated rule English grammar and parser, which is augmented with special functions that check for violations of the Simplified English standard. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. In addition to basic STE vocabulary listed in the Dictionary, Section 1, Wordsgives explicit guidelines for adding technical names and technical verbs that writers need to describe technical specificatoin.

In general, there is only one word for one meaning, and one part of speech for one word. Boeing has developed a Simplified English Checker to assist during development. Issue 7 of the specification fully replaces all previous issues and revisions.