Dr. Sarah Spring

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Name: Dr. Sarah Spring
Date registered: January 15, 2013

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  1. Management and Production Exercise — April 21, 2014
  2. Proofreading and Translated Texts — April 16, 2014
  3. Editing for Global Contexts — April 16, 2014
  4. Editing of Websites — April 7, 2014
  5. Illustrations and Type — March 31, 2014

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Apr 21

Management and Production Exercise

You are the editor of an anthology of articles written by different writers in different locations. The anthology will be published by a small commercial press, and that press will print and bind the anthology you provide. Make policy decisions on the following issues with the goal of creating a useful, high-quality anthology that can …

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Apr 16

Proofreading and Translated Texts

Count and match everything you see. Compare the lengths of sentences and paragraphs. Look for cut-and-paste mistakes in English terms and phrases. Trust your instincts. Follow your company’s guidelines for presenting trademarked names. Trademark guidelines may also restrict the use of prepositions in a product name. Watch for a particular language’s rules in punctuation and …

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Apr 16

Editing for Global Contexts

1. Notice the metaphors of wars and sports in the following paragraph, metaphors that are common in North American business language. What difficulties in translation might such metaphors create? A department committee will meet for strategic planning to identify goals for surviving in light of the new policies of retrenchment. We will have to dig …

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Apr 07

Editing of Websites

As we get ready to start Project 4, here are some steps to try (to examine layout or other aspects) and elements to look for. Early stages (Chapter 17): planning, analyzing the audience (Figure 17.3 on p. 316), company-specific requirements (Figure 17.4 on p. 317-9), and site-specific requirements (Figure 17.5 on p. 320). Online content, …

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Mar 31

Illustrations and Type

First, let’s look at sentence pairs to determine how revision can inappropriately change meaning. For each revision, define the change in meaning. Suggest a way to edit the first sentence in the pair to improve style without changing meaning: Technical writers are now finding themselves in roles in product design and managing the production as …

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Mar 26

Practice with Style Sheets

Activity 1: Based on the information in Chapter 4, make a style guide/sheet for these paragraphs so that subsequent decisions may be consistent. What features will require a decision about consistency of mechanics? Why would the typo “continous” not appear on the style sheet? Ignitron Tubes were first used in dc-arc welding power supplies. An …

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Mar 24

Midterm, Part III: Marking Digital Copy

Part III: Copy and paste into a Word document, make changes, and then upload the corrections to your Dropbox folder (the shared folder, not your general account): Directions: Using Track Changes, edit this section of a report. Mark the title to be set in 18 point bold Helvetica, caps and lowercase, centered. Mark the paragraphs …

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Mar 12

Electronic Editing of Text

For this grammar exercise, I want you to copy and paste these sentences/sections into the word processor of your choice and digitally mark them. Then, attach the changes to an email, and send it to me. Correct the following sentences for spelling, misused words, capitalization, and abbreviation: Undoubtably, the issue of personal is signifigant as …

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Mar 12

Procedure for Conducting A Substantive Edit

(Courtesy of Dr. Palmer’s Technical Editing handout) BEFORE accepting the editing task, ask the author Who is the audience? What is the purpose of the document? What information leading to what action? What is the time frame for completing the task? What type or level of edit is desired? What type of compensation, if any, …

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Mar 12

Methods of Organization

As we move from copyediting to comprehensive editing, it is important to be aware of organizational methods that documents/texts may use. Sequence: Chronological (instructions, processes, methods, procedures), Spatial (places, objects), and Alphabetical (index, glossary, reference manual) Hierarchy : Division (parts of a whole), Classification (groups by relationship), Comparison/Contrast, and Advantages/Disadvantages Combinations: General to Specific, Most-to-least …

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