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Difference between Technical Writing and Academic Writing
  • Last Updated : 17 Sep, 2020

1. Technical Writing :
Technical writing refers to a piece of writing which focuses on providing detailed and lucid information about the product or service. It contains factual and straight forward content. It is entirely goal-oriented and it talks about different ways by which the desired goal can be achieved. Mainly Technical writings are something new or existing concept based on the same technical domain. Here the writer avoids to explain a specific subject matter by providing his/her own point of view.

Example includes suppose a writer writing a article based on the topic comes under computer science domain on GeeksforGeeks.

2. Academic Writing :
Academic writing refers to a piece of writing which focuses on proving a theory or viewpoint in one way or the other and emphasizes upon one specific subject. Through academic writing the writer intends to prove a theory or viewpoint in one way or the other. Mainly academic writings are based on academic findings and academic research. The writer can explain a specific subject matter by providing his/her own point of view.

Example includes suppose a professor writing on a concept related to Chemistry and that published on college’s monthly magazine.



Difference between Technical Writing and Academic Writing :



S.No. TECHNICAL WRITING TECHNICAL WRITING
01. Technical writing focuses on providing detailed and lucid information about the product or service. Academic writing focuses on proving a theory or viewpoint in one way or the other and emphasizes upon one specific subject.
02. Technical writing contains factual and straight forward content. Academic writing contains contents on specific discipline or field.
03. Technical writers should have expert knowledge. Academic writers have learners knowledge.
04. Its purpose is getting something done. Its purposes is to demonstrate what a person knows.
05. In technical writing the knowledge of topic is more than the reader who is going through it. In academic writing the knowledge of topic is less than the teacher who is evaluating the topic.
06. Audience of Technical writing may be several people who are specifically belongs to the same technical field. Audience of academic writing may be a teacher or students or some people related to filed.
07. In technical writing graphics, charts and numbers are used very frequently to support conclusion. In academic writing graphics, charts and numbers are sometimes used to explain the concept well.
08. Technical writing follows subject specific vocabulary. Academic writing follows technical vocabulary.
09. Own or personal point views are not included. Own or personal point of view may be included.
10. Its example include suppose a writer writing a article based on the topic comes under computer science domain on GeeksforGeeks. Its example include suppose a professor writing on a concept related to Chemistry and that published on college’s monthly magazine.

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