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Section 1.4.1

Audience Types and Level of Expertise

Determine your audience's needs by assessing their expertise and their purpose in reading thedocument. Effective technical writing recognizes several types of readers, reflecting different levelsof expertise:

experts

technicians

managers

laypersons

as well as mixed audiences, composed of one or more of the listedgroups.

Vary your organization, density ofinformation, and emphasis to meet the your audience's purpose inreading the document and their level of expertise. See DocumentDensity.

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