cation s own s. AECM Simplified. English. SE). t deals ith he anguage and riting tyle f he for ocumentation hat is ritten o the T civil aircra . ASD Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE), formerly known as AECMA Simplified English, is an international specification for writing. CONTROLLED LANGUAGE. ▷ AECMA Simplified English (SE). ▷ Attempto Controlled English. ▷ Alcatel’s COGRAM. ▷ IBM’s Easy English. ▷ GM’s CASL.

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The aerospace and defense standard started as an industry-regulated writing standard for aerospace maintenance documentation, but has become mandatory for an increasing number of military land vehicle, sea vehicle and weapons programs as well. Today, the success of STE is such that other industries use it beyond its original intended purpose of aerospace maintenance documentation.

The adjective “close” appears in the Dictionary as an unapproved word with the suggested approved alternative “near”. Although it was not intended for use as a general writing standard, it has been successfully adopted by simplifiedd industries and for a wide range of document types.

For example, words or phrases such as overhead panelgreasepropellerto reamand to drill are not listed in the Dictionary, but qualify as approved terms under the guidelines in Part 1, Section 1 specifically, Writing Rules 1. In the absence of third-party endorsement or published scientific studies, such claims should be considered unconfirmed. I’d Rather be Writing. Issue 7 of the specification fully replaces all previous issues and revisions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


These smiplified groups explored the existing controlled languages and researched texts in several maintenance manuals.

For example, the word “close” can only be used in one of two meanings:. There were also European airlines that had to translate parts of their maintenance documentation into other languages for their local mechanics. The Writing Rules differentiate between two types of topics: STE is regulated for use in sumplified aerospace and defense industries, but other industries have used it as a basis for their own controlled English standards.

In addition to basic STE vocabulary listed in the Dictionary, Section 1, Wordsgives explicit guidelines for adding technical names and technical verbs that writers need to describe technical engliish. This standard is released every 3 years.

ASD-STE – Simplified Technical English for Aerospace and Defense

Dialects and accents of Modern English by continent. Many readers have a limited knowledge of English. STE was developed to help the readers of English-language documentation understand what they read, particularly when these readers are non-native English speakers.

However, it is not often the native language of the readers of technical documentation. It is also the language of the aerospace and defense industry.

Simplified Technical English

The approved words can only be used according to their specified meaning. English is the international language of science, technology and human relations. Inafter an investigation into the different types of controlled languages that existed in other industries, the AECMA decided simplifiied produce its aecmq controlled English.


Boeing has developed a Simplified English Checker to assist during development. Over 3, copies of Issue 6 of the specification were distributed. The dictionary includes entries of both approved and unapproved words.

English language Technical communication Controlled natural languages Simplified languages Controlled English English for specific purposes.

Interest in STE has also increased dramatically in the areas of language services, professional translation and interpreting, as well as in the englissh world.

So STE does not allow do not go close to engllish landing gearbut it does allow do not go near the landing gear. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.


To request your copy, please follow the instructions on the Downloads page. Word adcma by frequency and number of words. However, these claims come mostly from those who have invested in developing it, implementing it or supporting it. Complex sentence structure and the large number of meanings and synonyms that many English words have can cause confusion.