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Why Minimalism Matters

Minimalism matters.

For the purposes of the points we want to make in this article, please note that we know that not all topics will be the same size, and that not all content can be reduced in the same way. We just want to point out a few basic ideas and are using a simple starting point to make our case.

In the case of the current document, the ideas are presented with a specific focus on cost savings in translation. However, don't discount the ideas of improving the message, reducing the print overhead, simplifying the user experience, and a world of other reasons to reduce what you write.

Cut the dead words

Good technical writing is precise and concise.

Use precise verbs

  • make a decision > decide
  • should create > create
  • perform a search > search

Avoid jargon

  • utilize > use
  • finalize > conclude or end

Get to the point

  • it has been designed to search > it searches
  • logs are recorded on an hourly basis > logs are recorded hourly
  • this section is a summary > this section summarizes

Eliminate needless repetition

  • adequate enough > adequate
  • advance planning > planning
  • appears to be > appears
  • basic essentials > basics, essentials
  • close proximity > proximity
  • consensus of opinion > consensus
  • cooperated together > cooperated
  • definite decision > decision
  • elongate in length > elongate
  • first priority > priority
  • future predictions > predictions
  • general rule > rule
  • increase in increments > increase
  • initial prototype > prototype
  • joint cooperation > cooperation
  • major breakthrough > breakthrough
  • modern science of today > modern science
  • most optimum > optimum
  • necessary requirement > requirement
  • outside periphery > periphery
  • rate of speed > speed
  • resemble in appearance > resemble
  • true facts > facts
  • twelve in number > twelve
  • usual rule > rule
  • very unique >unique

Eliminate the useless

  • a majority of > most
  • a sufficient amount of > enough
  • after the conclusion of > after
  • along the lines of > like
  • ascertain the location of > find
  • at such time as > when
  • at the present time > now
  • a type of program > a program
  • be deficient in > lack
  • be in a position to > can, be able to
  • by means of > by
  • come to a conclusion > conclude
  • despite the fact that > although
  • due to the fact that > because
  • during the time that > while
  • equally as well > as well, equally well
  • fewer in number > fewer
  • for the purpose of > to, for
  • for the reason that > because
  • for this reason > therefore
  • give indication of > show, indicate
  • happens to be> am, is, are
  • has a requirement > needs
  • has been proved to be > is
  • has the ability/capability > can
  • if conditions are such that > if
  • in a number of > several, many
  • in case > if
  • n all cases> always
  • in close proximity to > near
  • in excess of > more than
  • in many cases > often
  • in most cases > usually
  • in order that > so that
  • in order to > to
  • in some cases > sometimes
  • in the amount of > for
  • in the case of > for
  • in the event that > if
  • in this case > here
  • in view of the fact that > because, since
  • is an important factor > is important
  • is capable of > can
  • is found to be > is
  • is in a position to > can
  • it is possible that > perhaps
  • manner in which > how
  • on the basis of > from, because, by
  • on the order of > about, approximately
  • prior to > before
  • provided that > if
  • put an end to > end
  • reach a conclusion > conclude
  • since > because
  • subsequent to > after
  • the question as to > whether
  • there are three options that describe > three options describe
  • until such time as > until
  • with reference to > about
  • with the exception that > except tha
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