Monthly Archive: March 2014

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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Mar 05

Style Exercise: Revising Wordy Sentences

Exercise 13.7 (page 236) I think my outdated computer, which is five years old, needs to be replaced by a new one that is much faster. The new intern has a very nice personality and is attractive and everyone seems to be drawn to him. Due to the fact that that many writers use a …

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