Tuesday, 1 March 2011

What is a Formal Document?

Formal documents use only formal language and generally formal words these kinds of documents are mostly used for business. There are two types of formal documents - short formal and extended formal.

Some examples of short formal documents are: Memo, Business Email message, Letter, Order form, Invoice and Agenda.

Some extended formal documents are: Article, Newsletter, Report, and User guide.

Here are some descriptions of these documents.

Short formal document

Memo or Memorandum


Mostly known as a memo, this is a short formal document used as a form of communication in business; it records events or observations on a topic.

Extended formal

User guides

Also known as a manual this is a book that gives assistance to people using a particular system. It is usually written by a technical writer. A user guide also contains images to support the user.

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