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Chapter 7. Writing for an International ... > Cultural and Geographic Sensitivity

Cultural and Geographic Sensitivity

More than ever, technical writers need to think globally. Conventions that are standard in one country might be handled differently in other countries. Use the following guidelines when writing for an international audience.

Use Culturally Neutral Examples

  • Avoid using examples that are culturally bound, such as names of places, public figures, or holidays that might be unrecognizable to people living in different countries.

    If you do use examples that are culturally bound, use examples that represent a variety of cultures or that are internationally recognized. For example, you could use international cities, such as Paris, New York, Tokyo, London, and Hong Kong.

  • Avoid political or religious references.

  • Avoid gender-specific references.


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