Because guidance documents deal with technical information and terms, it is often convenient to use abbreviations and acronyms.
But recall from the discussion on plain language and
audience that you should always
define these terms when the audience is the general public. You cannot assume that the reader knows what
“MSW” or “APAR” means, even if everyone in the industry does.
Guidance documents should be addressed to the general
public rather than industry
What if the reader is new to the industry?
Therefore, these documents may need a section that
defines the technical
terms or abbreviations used.