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Section 2.12

Electronic Documents

Electronic documents such as electronic mail, Web sites, and hypertext arerapidly becoming major forms of communication.

Electronic media offer many advantages for technicalcommunication, including almost instantaneous transmission ofinformation, easy distribution to a large number of recipients,and the ability to link one text to many others.

There are, however, many situations where printed documents arestill the most appropriate form for technical communication. Printed documents, for example, are often more private, secure,permanent, and portable than are electronic documents.

In deciding whether to put your document in electronic or printform, consider your audience's purpose inreading the document, and when, where, and how they will use it.

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