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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In aviation, it is mandatory to correctly understand maintenance and specificattion documentation to make sure that systems operate safely and correctly and to protect human lives.

ASD-STE100, Simplified Technical English for aerospace and defense

English is the international language of science, technology and human relations. This standard is released every 3 years.

The words were chosen for their simplicity and ease of recognition. Boeing has developed a Simplified English Checker to assist during development.

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These two groups explored the existing controlled languages and researched texts in several sad-ste100 manuals. It is a carefully limited and standardized subset of English. The Writing Rules differentiate between two types of topics: 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. Although the STE structure is spexification 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. Many readers have a limited knowledge of English.

Control of additional specific vocabularies is, of course, the responsibility of the companies or the projects themselves. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. These words were chosen for their simplicity and ease of recognition. The dictionary includes entries of both approved and unapproved words. Simplified Technical English is claimed [ by whom?


For example, words or phrases such as overhead panelgreasepropellerto reamand to drill are not listed in the Dictionary, but qualify as approved terms under the guidelines in Part 1, Section 1 specifically, Writing Rules 1.

Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. It is also the language of the aerospace and defense industry.

The Writing Rules cover aspects of grammar and style ; the Dictionary specifies the general words that can be used. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Writers are given guidelines for adding technical names and technical verbs to their documentation. Complex technical instructions can be misunderstood and misunderstandings can lead to accidents.


Simplified English is sometimes specifiction as a generic term for a controlled language. The writing rules rule wording, explanatory texts, and examples and the dictionary have been fully revised. The aerospace and defense standard started as an industry-regulated writing standard for aerospace maintenance documentation, but has become mandatory for an increasing number of military land vehicle, sea vehicle and weapons programs as well.

Bermuda Falkland Islands Guyana. Then, it became also a requirement for Defence projects, including Land and Sea vehicles. Varieties by geographic location. How does STE work? 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. Purpose and objectives of STE The international language of many industries is Speccification, and English is the language most used for writing technical documentation.

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 the absence of third-party endorsement or published scientific studies, such claims should be considered unconfirmed. STE was developed to help the readers of English-language documentation understand what they read, particularly when these readers are non-native English speakers.


As a consequence, today, asd-stw100 texts of maintenance manuals are mostly written in STE. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The key factor for the creation of a controlled and simplified form of English was essentially a request from s;ecification customers i. Complex sentence structure and the large number of meanings and synonyms that many English words have can cause confusion.

The adjective “close” appears in the Dictionary as an unapproved word with the suggested approved alternative “near”. Issue 7 of the specification fully replaces all previous issues and revisions. Academic Word List The results confirmed that a simplified language was necessary. Views Read Edit View history.

For example, the word “close” can only be used in one of two meanings:. 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. Interest in STE has also increased dramatically in the areas of language services, professional translation and interpreting, as well as in wsd-ste100 academic world. Retrieved from ” https: I’d Rather be Writing. Abercraf Cardiff Gower Port Talbot. The linguistic-based checker uses a sophisticated rule English grammar and parser, which is augmented with asdd-ste100 functions that check for violations of the Simplified English standard.