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Specification ASD-STE European Community Trade Mark No. International specification for the preparation of maintenance documentation. ASD Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE), formerly known as AECMA Simplified English, is an international specification for writing. The STE specification was first released in as the AECMA Simplified English This issue of the ASD-STE specification is dedicated to Dave L. Shaw.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Today, the success specificatiom STE is such that other industries use it beyond its original intended purpose of aerospace maintenance documentation. I’d Rather be Writing.

Simplified Technical English – Wikipedia

For other simplified forms of English, see Simple English. Many readers have a limited knowledge of English. The Writing Rules also specify restrictions on grammar and style usage.

These two groups explored the existing controlled languages and researched texts in several maintenance manuals. It is a carefully limited and standardized subset of English.

This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat However, it is not often the native language specificatioj the readers of technical documentation. The approved words can only be used according to their specified meaning. There were also European airlines that had to translate parts of their maintenance documentation into other languages for their local mechanics.

Complex technical instructions can be misunderstood and speification can lead to accidents. As a consequence, today, primary texts of maintenance manuals are mostly written in STE. Abercraf Cardiff Gower Port Talbot. English portal Constructed languages portal. Check date values in: It was initially applicable to commercial aviation. The dictionary includes entries of both approved and unapproved words. Inafter an investigation into the different types of controlled languages that existed in other industries, the AECMA decided to produce its own controlled English.


The international language of many industries is English, and English is the language most used for writing technical documentation. The Writing Rules cover aspects of ase-ste100 and style ; the Dictionary specifies the general words that can be used. Then, it became also a requirement for Defence asr-ste100, including Land and Sea vehicles.


Bermuda Falkland Islands Guyana. Subsequently, several changes, issues and revisions were released up to the present issue. In addition to the specified general vocabulary, STE accepts the use of company-specific or project-oriented technical words referred to in STE as Technical Names and Technical Verbsproviding that they fit into one of the categories listed in the Specification. So STE does not allow do not go close to the landing gearbut it does allow do not go near the landing gear.

In general, there is only one word for one meaning, and one part of speech for one word. It is also the language of the aerospace and defense industry. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The adjective “close” appears in the Dictionary as an unapproved word with the suggested approved alternative “near”. STE is mandated by several commercial and military specifications that control the style and content of maintenance documentation, most notably ASD SD.

Although the STE structure is stable and consolidated, the language has to be kept in line with the technology evolution and amended on the basis of the continuous and important feedback received from the users.

Boeing has developed a Simplified English Checker to assist during development. The linguistic-based checker uses a sophisticated rule English grammar and parser, which is augmented with special functions that check for violations of the Simplified English standard. This section does not cite any sources.

The results confirmed that a simplified language was necessary. Complex sentence structure and the large number of meanings and synonyms that many English words have can cause confusion. For example, they require writers to:. This standard is released every 3 years. Over aad-ste100, copies of Issue 6 of the specification were distributed.


The words were chosen for their simplicity and ease of recognition. Northern Ireland Scotland Scottish Highlands.

Today, the success of STE is such that other industries want to use it beyond its intended purpose of maintenance documentation and outside the Aerospace and Defence domains. The writing secification rule wording, explanatory texts, and examples and the dictionary have been fully revised. It also contains a dictionary of approx.

The Dictionary has sufficient words to express any technical sentence. In the absence of third-party endorsement or published scientific studies, such claims should be considered unconfirmed. Control of additional specific vocabularies is, asd-se100 course, the responsibility of the companies or the projects themselves. The Writing Rules differentiate between two types of topics: To request your copy, please follow the instructions on the Downloads page.

HyperSTE is a plugin tool offered by Etteplan to check content for adherence to the rules and grammar of the specification. The verb can express close a door or close a circuitbut cannot be used in other senses for example to close the meeting or to close a business.

ASD-STE – Simplified Technical English for Aerospace and Defense

However, it is often not the native language of the readers or even of the authors of such documentation. In addition to basic STE vocabulary listed in the Dictionary, Section 1, Wordsgives explicit guidelines for adding technical names and technical verbs that writers need to describe technical information. Issue specificatuon of the specification fully replaces all previous issues and revisions.