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Section 2

Document Types

After identifying a document's purpose, determine the appropriatedocument type.

An easily recognizeable document type and format increases adocument's overall coherence and the audience's ability to use itefficiently. Consequently, most technical documents conform to fairly standard document types thatpresent information in standard formats.

Almost all technical documents conform to one the following standard document types:

Memoranda

Agendas

Meeting documents

Literature reviews

Reports

Letters

Proposals

Press releases

Specifications

Documentation

Instructions and procedures

Style guides

Theses

Oral Presentations

Résumés

Notebooks

Or to electronic document types such as:

Electronic mail

Web sites

Hypertext

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