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Chapter 5. Clarity > Define each term that is new to the intended audience

Define each term that is new to the intended audience

In all writing, the transactions between the writer and the user of the information depend on the vocabulary that they have in common. When users first encounter a new subject, it might seem like a foreign language, with its own vocabulary and rules for combining the concepts that the terms express. For example, native speakers of English who have never developed a computer application might feel as lost as if they were in a foreign country the first time that they try to use an application development tool.

Some terms might be familiar, but their definitions might differ from what users expect. Object and class, for example, are familiar words, but they have special meanings in object-oriented programming.


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