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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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HyperSTE is a plugin tool offered by Etteplan to check content for adherence to the rules and grammar of the specification. For example, words or phrases such as overhead panelgreasepropellerto reamand to drill are not listed in ste10 Dictionary, but qualify as approved terms under the guidelines in Part 1, Section 1 specifically, Writing Rules 1.

In addition to basic STE vocabulary listed in the Dictionary, Section 1, Wordsgives explicit guidelines for adding technical names and technical verbs that writers specificatiin to describe technical information. The Dictionary has sufficient words to express any technical sentence. Achieve consistency across all documentation types by aligning people and documentation strategies on a global scale.

ASD-STE100, Simplified Technical English for aerospace and defense

STE was developed to help the readers of English-language documentation understand what they read, particularly when these readers are non-native English speakers. Academic Word List Simplified English is sometimes used as a generic term for a controlled language. I’d Rather be Writing. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

For other simplified forms of English, see Simple English. STE helps to make technical documentation easy to understand by standardising vocabularygrammar and stylewhile letting users control their specific terminology. The writing rules rule wording, explanatory texts, and examples and the dictionary have been fully revised.

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.


English portal Constructed languages portal. Purpose and objectives of STE The international language of many industries is English, and English is the language most used for writing technical documentation.

It includes a set of approximately 66 technical writing rules and a basic general vocabulary dictionary of approximately approved words for writing technical documentation. Users of your documentation will benefit from higher translation qualityand mistranslations become a thing of the past. These words were chosen for their simplicity and ease of recognition.

Consequently, whether the majority of your audience is made up of native or non-native speakers of the English languagegetting your message across clearly becomes faster and easier.

Many readers have a limited knowledge of English. Varieties by geographic location. In aviation, it is mandatory to correctly understand maintenance and operation documentation to std100 sure that systems operate safely and correctly and to protect human lives. Issue 7 of the specification fully replaces all previous issues and revisions.

English is the international language of science, technology and human relations. It is a carefully limited and standardized subset of English. Text written in Simplified Technical English shows improved readability and translatability. As a consequence, speciification, primary texts of maintenance manuals are mostly written in STE. The adjective “close” appears in the Dictionary as an unapproved word with the suggested approved alternative “near”.

However, it is not often the native language of specificatino readers of technical documentation.


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. However, it is often not the native language of the readers or even of the authors of such documentation.

STE is mandated by several commercial and military specifications that control the style and content of maintenance documentation, most notably ASD SD. Complex technical instructions can be misunderstood and misunderstandings can lead to accidents. So STE does not allow do not go close to the landing gearbut it does allow do not go near the landing gear. Text based on Simplified Technical English is also cheaper and faster to translate.


There were also European airlines that had to translate parts of their maintenance documentation into other languages for their local mechanics. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is also the language of the aerospace and defense industry.

Retrieved from ” https: Boeing has developed a Simplified English Checker to assist during development. Bermuda Falkland Islands Guyana.

Subsequently, several changes, issues and revisions were released up to the present issue. Word lists by frequency and number of words. 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.

The key factor for the creation of a controlled and simplified form of English was essentially a request from the customers i.

Dublin South and West Ulster. The international language of many industries is English, and English is the language most used for writing technical documentation.

This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat 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. The words were chosen for their simplicity and ease of recognition.