In relation to technical communicators, standards provide a platform from which to communicate technical ideas at an international level, to an international audience, in the most effective way possible. The idea of standardizing technical communications is relatively new, and still in development, due to the fact that standards are first composed at a voluntary-level with multiple SME contributors. However, the IEC is paving the way for technical communicators to collaborate on issues such as how documentation is optimized.
Technical writing is often an unspoken, and sometimes unheard of, process across business and technology sectors. Many leading R&D centers are bursting with bright spark engineers, sharp-minded designers, and idea generators who make products and services come to life. However, this doesn’t mean that they can explain their product or service accurately or concisely.