History of Technical Writing


History of Technical Writing is an interesting fact for the writers to know. When this profession came into view, not much importance was given to it but consequently it emerged as the most important professions in almost all the Organizations worldwide.

Technical writing profession actually emerged in the early 1900s but it was recognized only after the Second World War.
During 1887, the higher level English was not included in the curriculum of various engineering schools. As a result, many engineering students were not trained to write. Engineering teachers were not giving much importance to English as they assumed that technical subjects are more important than English for engineering students. At that point of time, technical writing had a very low prestige, and if taught at all it was taught by very inexperienced faculty members.

Prior to the U.S. Civil War, a few books on the subject of technical writing were released in the early 1900s, but the crack between English and Engineering persisted and technical writing was not considered as a serious discipline.

Technical writing became a genuine profession during and after World War II; when the war-time technologies were translated into peacetime use. After the war, General Electric, General Motors, and Westinghouse developed technical writing units within their organizations.

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I and this was the world’s first artificial satellite. The size of Sputnik Satellite was about 183 pounds.

By 1957 various colleges and universities introduced technical writing courses and the engineering students required some form of technical writing training. The successful launch of Sputnik and the beginning of the US Space Program significantly enhanced the need of technical writers.

With the introduction of ISO 9000 during 1987, a series of quality system standards that depended upon high quality written communication was introduced and that was how the requirement for technical writers started increasing day by day.

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