What is a Document?

Technical writing results in the production of a document. This is a wide term. However, in technical writing we will use the term “document” to define the specific output of a technical writing Task or Project.

Here are some characteristics of this term:

1) A document is a text written to achieve a specific purpose. This purpose shall be defined in the next section.

2) A document can be in hard copies (printed form) or can be in electronic form.

3) The documents we shall be working with are not restricted by size. A document can be made up of a single page (such as a cover letter, an email message or a memo). They can also be extensive documents such as an engineering proposal or an annual report. A document can also be grouped together in one master document such as a proposal made up of an executive summary, the technical solution, the financial proposal, the company profile, the profile of the team and the cover letter.