Dear Technical Writers,
Would you please help me with a question about "as per"?
In a business writing class in San Diego, a participant wanted to help her team write better technical instructions. Their instructions are wordy, use overly sophisticated language, and do not follow a consistent format.
She made good progress toward her goal, but she–and I–got stuck on "as per." Is "as per" acceptable in technical writing as a substitute for "according to"? Or is there a better way of communicating something like this sentence, which I have made up:
Attach the plate to the rod as per Instruction 3231 on plate-rod assembly.
The idea is that some steps in the instructions refer to other instructions.
In business writing I encourage everyone to replace "as per" with clear language, like this:
As per your requestAs you requested, I have postponed the meeting.
But I am not sure what works effectively in technical writing when the instructions cite another set of instructions that assemblers must follow. Is "as per" a good solution?
I would love your suggestions. And if you can recommend a guide to writing technical instructions for me to add to my library, please do.