Simplified Technical English, ASD-STE Issue 6. Highlights. Page HI Highlights. This Issue 6 of the specification replaces all previous issues. English is the official language for technical documentation in the aerospace and defense industries. However, many end-users are confused. ASD-STE Simplified Technical English extends the concepts of plain English. ASD-STE brings engineering rigour to the English.

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Simplified Technical English

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. Although the Azd structure is stable and consolidated, the language has to be kept in line with the technology evolution and amended on the basis of the continuous and important feedback received from the users.


The international language of many industries is English, and English is the language most used for writing technical documentation.

However, zte100 is often not the native language of the readers or even of the authors of such documentation. Many readers have limited knowledge of English, and are easily confused by complex sentence structures and by the number of meanings and synonyms which English words can have.

The key factor for the creation of a controlled and simplified form of English was essentially a request from the customers i. Complex technical instructions can be misunderstood and misunderstandings can lead to accidents. STE makes technical texts easy to understand by all readers and can be regarded as an important and valuable resource for technical writing to simplify the correct understanding of the maintenance instructions by the operators, remove linguistic barriers and reduce Human Factors risks.

ASD-STE100, Simplified Technical English for aerospace and defense

The Writing Rules cover aspects of grammar and style ; the Dictionary specifies the general words that can be used. These words were chosen for their simplicity and ease of recognition.

In general, there is only one word for one meaning, and one part of speech for one word.


In addition to the specified general vocabulary, STE accepts the use of company-specific or project-oriented technical words referred to in STE as Technical Names and Technical Verbsproviding that they fit into one of the categories listed in the Specification. Control of additional specific vocabularies is, of course, the responsibility of the companies or the projects themselves.

ASD-STE – Simplified Technical English for Aerospace and Defense

The Dictionary has sufficient words to express any technical sentence. The words were chosen for their simplicity and ease of recognition.

Subsequently, several changes, issues and revisions were released up to the present issue. Purpose and objectives of STE The international language of many industries is English, qsd English is the language most used for writing technical documentation. How does STE work?