February 19 meeting: A Case Study of Simplified Technical English for Translation
Wednesday, 05 February 2014


Over the past few years, Elekta, Inc. has been using Elekta Approved Simplified English (EASE) in its documentation to its customers. EASE is a variation of Simplified Technical English, which has been used in the aerospace industry for many years. Nathaniel will explain what EASE is and give us a case study of how Elekta (a medical device company) uses EASE in its documentation, some of the rules it must follow, the software program used, and his opinions of EASE and the third party vendor which supports it. In the second half of the presentation, attendees break into small groups where they will get some sentences to re-word in EASE.

During the presentation, attendees will:

- Learn what EASE is and its benefits.
- Learn the risks of not using EASE.
- See a brief demonstration of the software tool used for EASE.
- Get introduced to a few of the EASE writing rules.
- Do some exercises using EASE


Nathaniel Lim is a full time, senior technical writer for Elekta, Inc., where he writes end-user documentation for oncology software. He has 23 years experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech/medical industry. He has been a data management associate and case report forms designer for human clinical trials. He has designed and developed case report forms (CRFs) and workbooks for use in clinical trials, designed standard CRFs, wrote instructions for their use, and created examples for filling them out. Nathaniel is also a guest lecturer for the University of California Santa Cruz Extension in its Case Report Form Development class and a speaker at various STC events, including the last nine annual conferences/summits. He has served as a track manager on the Program Advisory Committee for the 2008 STC Summit, was a member of the STC Nominating Committee, and is currently the chair of the STC International Summit Awards competition. Nathaniel has an associate in science degree in Physics and Mathematics from the College of San Mateo, a bachelor of arts in Organizational Studies from UC Davis, and a certificate of achievement in Technical Communications from De Anza College. In 2012, Nathaniel became an Associate Fellow of STC.

Our monthly meeting is held at Hub SoMa at 901 Mission St, Ste 105, between 5th and 6th Streets, which is a short walk from the Powell St BART/MUNI Station.

Special note about this meeting:

This presentation is a webinar that will be projected at the meeting space. The speaker will present live, but will not be on site. There are 20 additional virtual seats available. If you are interested in logging in remotely, email info@stc-sf.org. As there are limited "seats" for the webinar, please act fast--but only if you know you will be able to make the meeting. We are charging the student price of $10 for the remote login only.