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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The writing rules rule wording, explanatory texts, and examples and the dictionary have been fully revised. Use Simplified Technical English to achieve: This standard is released every 3 years.

Varieties by geographic location. English is the international language of science, technology and human relations. STE is regulated for use in the aerospace and defense industries, but other industries have used it as a basis for their own controlled English standards.

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. It was initially applicable to commercial aviation. However, these claims come mostly from those who have invested in developing it, implementing it or supporting it.

Boeing has developed a Simplified English Checker to assist during development. The Writing Rules also specify restrictions on grammar and style usage. However, it is not often the native language of the readers of technical documentation. For example, they require writers to:.

Simplified Technical English

Users of your documentation will benefit from higher translation qualityand mistranslations become a thing of the past. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.

It also contains sge100 dictionary of approx. Consistent terminology facilitates your task of indexing and helps users to find pertinent information faster by eliminating unnecessary synonyms and spelling variants. Check date values in: Grammar rules for instance, promote the use of the active voice and simple present tense to clearly identify the doer of a particular sre100 so as to avoid miscommunication and ambiguous translations during the localisation process.


Text written in Simplified Technical English shows improved readability and translatability.

The results confirmed that a simplified language was necessary. So STE does not allow do not go close to the landing gearspecificatino it does allow do not go near the landing gear.

There were also European airlines that had to translate parts of their maintenance documentation into other languages for their local mechanics.

The adjective “close” appears in the Dictionary as an unapproved word with the suggested approved alternative “near”. For other simplified forms of English, see Simple English.


STE makes technical texts easy to understand by all readers and can be regarded as an important and valuable resource for technical writing to simplify the correct understanding of the maintenance instructions by the operators, remove linguistic barriers and reduce Human Factors risks. 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 key factor for the creation of a controlled specifictaion simplified form of English was essentially a request from the customers i. The dictionary includes entries of both approved and unapproved words.

Many readers have limited knowledge of English, and are easily confused by complex sentence structures and by the number of meanings and synonyms which English words can have. 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. Purpose and objectives of STE The international language of many industries is English, and English is the language most used for writing technical documentation.


These words were chosen for their simplicity and ease of recognition. Subsequently, several changes, issues and revisions were released up to the present issue.

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The international language of many industries is English, and English is the language most used for writing technical documentation. Over 3, copies of Issue 6 of the specification were distributed. Xsd sentence structure and the large number of meanings and synonyms that many English words have can cause confusion. Although Simplified Technical English specificatioj from the aerospace and defence industries, it can easily be customised and applied to any other industry, including machinery, automotive, electronics, IT and medical equipment.

Although it was not intended for use as a general writing standard, it has been successfully adopted by other industries and for a wide range of document types. HyperSTE is a plugin tool offered by Etteplan to check content for adherence to the rules and grammar specificatipn the specification. Bermuda Falkland Islands Guyana.

It is also the language of the aerospace and defense industry. Simplified Technical English is claimed [ by whom? How does STE work? English language Technical communication Controlled natural languages Simplified languages Controlled Specifciation English for specific purposes.