It was initially applicable to commercial aviation. Then, it became also a requirement for Defence projects, including Land and Sea vehicles. As a consequence, today, primary texts of maintenance manuals are mostly written in STE. 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.

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STE has two parts: a set of writing rules part 1 and a controlled dictionary part 2. The writing rules cover aspects of grammar and style. The dictionary gives the general words that a writer can use. English is the international language of science, technology, and human relations. It is also the language of the aerospace and defense industry. However, it is not often the native language of the readers of technical documentation. Many readers have a limited knowledge of English.

Complex sentence structure and the large number of meanings and synonyms that many English words have can cause confusion. In aviation, it is mandatory to correctly understand maintenance and operation documentation to make sure that systems operate safely and correctly and to protect human lives.

These two groups explored the existing controlled languages and researched texts in several maintenance manuals. The results confirmed that a simplified language was necessary. STE was developed to help the readers of English-language documentation understand what they read, particularly when these readers are non-native English speakers. Today, the success of STE is such that other industries use it beyond its original intended purpose of aerospace maintenance documentation.

Interest in STE has also increased dramatically in the areas of language services, professional translation and interpreting, as well as in the academic world. Status: Published.


Simplified Technical English

Before acceptance of unit, carry out the specified test procedure. An explanation of the four columns: Keyword part of speech : This keyword has information on the type of word. Every permitted word in STE is only permitted as a specific word type. Rephrasing or alternatives that are not permitted are listed in small letters acceptance and accessible. If the keyword shown in column 1 is not permitted, then sample sentences in column 3 are provided with the alternatives listed in column 2. Not approved: Small letters in this column indicate sentences that do not conform to STE. Column 4 will remain empty in the case of words that do conform to STE.


To process change requests change forms , take the appropriate amendment actions, and release new issues of the specification as and when required. To give advice and recommendations to STE users. To control the production of electronic master files for output and distribution. To promote STE in general. Emeritus members.



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