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Textbooks on technical and scientific writing

Personal preferences and learning styles dictate which one of the many 'how-to' manuals, handbooks or writing guides an engineer will prefer. We've looked at a number of online ones with a technical writer's needs in mind. We can recommend these two:
 

Mayfield Handbook of Technical and Scientific Writing

Mayfield Handbook of Technical and Scientific Writing
The extensive hyperlinking of this online handbook is a strong feature because you can reach information quickly on any concept that is unfamiliar to you or on a communication weakness you've identified.

To start exploring this handbook, look at the advice on writing a clear problem statement, with examples of transformations from weak to strong writing. Another recommendation: we think the discussion of writing for different audiences is efficient but complete.