Category Archive: Technical Editing Info

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 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 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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Jan 15

Information on Levels of Editing

Although our course will be focusing on basic copyediting, proofreading, and comprehensive editing, you should be aware of the “five levels of edit” (borrowed with permission from Dr. Palmer’s Technical Editing syllabus): substantive/organization edit – is there enough of the right kind of information to convince your reader to act? is the information culturally inoffensive? …

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Jan 15

Editing: The Big Picture

While we will read a description of a technical editor for next week, our discussion today will focus on an introduction to the field and the job. Go to your favorite search engine or directory and type in “technical editing” as a phrase search. Click on each of the first ten links returned. What did …

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Mar 28

Guidelines of Content Organization

According to Chapter Seventeen of our textbook, there are six guidelines/principles of content organization: Follow pre-established document structures. Anticipate reader questions and needs. Arrange information from general to specific and from familiar to new. Apply conventional patterns of organization: match structure to meaning. Group related material. Use parallel structure for parallel sections.