Technical Editing

ISBN-10: 0205786715
ISBN-13: 9780205786718
Edition: 5th 2011
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Book details

List price: $143.20
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/29/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

This market-leading text, which reflects recent changes in technology, workplace practices And The global marketplace, progresses from concepts and basic copyediting to comprehensive editing, management and production issues. Technical Editing approaches editing comprehensively, defining editorial responsibility not as sentence-level revisions for correctness but rather in terms of information design And The overall effectiveness of a document in helping readers understand and complete tasks. Students learn that the measure of a "good" document is in part outside that document, In the document's "match" To The users' needs And The author's goals.

People and Purposes
Editing: the Big Picture
Scenario One: A Full-Time, In-House Editor
The Product Team
Planning for Design and Production
Editorial Review
Client Review
Scenario Two: A Freelance Editor
The Team, the Project, and the Process
Comment: Editing In-House and Freelance
The Editing Process
Text Editing
Comprehensive Editing
Basic Copyediting
Proofreading
Preparing Documents for Publication
Document Development and Production: Summary of the Process
The Technical Part of Technical Editing
Technical Subject Matter and Method
Technical Genres
What Skills Does a Technical Editor Need?
Reader Expert
Communication Expert
Language Expert
Technical Editors Deal Tactfully with Writers
Technical Editors Manage Projects Competently
Technical Editors Aren't Afraid of Technical Information
Technical Editors Double-Check Their Instincts
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Readers, Users, Browsers, Problem Solvers
Texts and Contexts
Origins and Impact: the Problem and Solution
Readers and Use of the Document
Culture and Expectations
Accessibility
Constraints on Development and Production
Context in Review
How Readers Use Documents
Creating Meaning
Reading Selectively
Reading to Comprehend: Content, Signals, Noise
Content
Signals
Undesirable Signals: Noise
Researching Readers, Usability Testing
Designing Documents for Use
Using Your Knowledge
Further Reading
Discussion and Application
What Is "Open Heart Surgery"? by Donald L. Bricker, M.D
Collaborating with Writers
Who Are the Writers of Technical Documents?
The Editor���Writer Relationship
What Writers Like Most about Editors
What Writers Dislike Most about Editors
Strategies for Working with Writers
Edit Effectively
Manage Efficiently and Communicate Well
Be Your Professional Self
Correspondence with Writers
Queries and Comments
Letters of Transmittal
Corresponding with International Writers
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Methods And Tools
Marking Paper Copy
The Symbols of Editorial Markup
Placing the Marks on the Page
Marking Consistently
Distinguishing Marginal Notes from Text Emendations
Special Problems of Markup
Punctuation
Hyphens and Dashes
Ambiguous Letters and Symbols; Unusual Spellings
Headings, Tables, References, and Lists
Illustrations
Marks for Graphic Design
Queries to Writers
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Computer Viruses
Marking Digital Copy
Procedural Markup versus Structural Markup
Styles and Templates
Markup Languages for Online Documents
SGML
HTML
XML
Cascading Style Sheets
Editing and Information Management
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Electronic Editing by David Dayton
How Do Technical Communicators Edit Online?
What's It to You?
An Overview of On-Screen Markup and Query Methods
Automated Typographic Markup
Manual Typographic Markup
Electronic Overlay Markup
Electronic Queries
Benefits of Electronic Editing
Working Efficiently at a Distance
Speeding Up the Process
Semi-Automating tedious Tasks
Improving Job Satisfaction
Tradeoffs of Electronic Editing
The Problem of On-Screen Markup
Reading Difficulties and Quality Concerns
Portability and Compatibility Constraints
The Hazards of Heavy Computer Use
Change Tracking in Word: Tips and Techniques
Configuring and Activating Track Changes
Tips for Using Track Changes in Word
Using Your Knowledge
Websites for Products Mentioned
Discussion and Application
Basic Copyediting
Basic Copyediting: An Introduction
Making the Document Correct and Consistent
Making the Document Accurate
Making the Document Complete
Parts of a Book, Manual, or Long Report
Parts of a Website
Copyediting Illustrations
Parts of Illustrations
Callouts, Legends, Captions, and Footnotes
Placement of Illustrations in the Text
Quality of Reproduction
Copyediting Online Documents
Steps in Copyediting
Using Your Knowledge
Copyediting for Consistency
Document Consistency
Verbal Consistency
Visual Consistency
Consistency of Mechanics
Structural Consistency
Content Consistency
A Foolish Consistency
Style Manuals
Comprehensive Style Manuals
International Style Manuals
Discipline Style Manuals
Organization ("House") Style Manuals
Document Style Sheet
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Spelling, Capitalization, and Abbreviations
Spelling
Guidelines and Tools
Frequently Misused Words
International Variations
Capitalization
Abbreviations
Identifying Abbreviations
Periods and Spaces with Abbreviations
Latin Terms
Measurement and Scientific Symbols
States
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Grammar and Usage
Parts of Speech
Sentence Structure
Verbs and Sentence Patterns
Adjectives, Adverbs, and Modifying Phrases
Relationships among Words in Sentences
Subjects and Predicates
Verb Tense and Sequence
Modifiers
Misplaced Modifiers
Dangling Modifiers
Pronouns
Conventions of Usage
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Punctuation
Clauses, Conjunctions, and Relative Pronouns
Independent and Dependent Clauses
Conjunctions
Relative Pronouns
Sentence Types and Punctuation
Punctuating Simple Sentences: Don't Separate the Subject and Verb with a Single Comma
Punctuating Compound Sentences: Determine Whether There Is a Coordinating Conjunction
Punctuating Complex Sentences
Punctuating Compound-Complex Sentences
Punctuating Phrases
Series Comma and Semicolon
Commas with a Series of Adjectives (Coordinate Adjectives)
Parallelism
Introductory and Interrupting Phrases
Punctuation within Words
The Apostrophe
The Hyphen
Marks of Punctuation
Quotation Marks
Parentheses
Dash
Colon
Ellipsis Points
Typing Marks of Punctuation to Emulate Typesetting
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Quantitative and Technical Material
Using Numbers
Measurement
Marking Mathematical Material
Fractions
Equations
Grammar and Punctuation
Markup for Typesetting
Statistics
Tables
General Guidelines
Application: Editing a Table
Standards and Specifications
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Proofreading
Distinguishing Proofreading from Copyediting
The Value and Goals of Proofreading
Proofreading Marks and Placement on the Page
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Comprehensive Editing
Comprehensive Editing: Definition and Process
Example: Copyediting versus Comprehensive Editing
The Process of Comprehensive Editing
Analyze the Document's Purpose, Readers, and Uses
Evaluate the Document
Establish Editing Objectives
Review Your Editing Plans with the Writer
Complete the Editing
Evaluate the Outcome
Review the Edited Document with the Writer or Product Team
Application: the Service Call Memo
Analysis
Evaluation
Editing Objectives
The Outcome of Editing
Determining Whether Comprehensive Editing is Warranted
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Style: Definition and Sentence Structures
Definition of Style
Writer's Persona and Tone
Style and Comprehension
Example: Analysis of Style
Guidelines for Editing for Style
Context: Make Style Serve Readers and Purpose
Sentence Structures: Use Structure to Reinforce Meaning
Place the Main Idea of the Sentence in the Structural Core
Use Subordinate Structures for Subordinate Ideas
Use Parallel Structure for Parallel Items
Sentence Arrangement
Place the Subject and Verb Near the Beginning of the Sentence
Arrange Sentences for End Focus and Cohesion
Prefer S-V-O or S-V-C Word Order
Sentence Length and Energy
Adjust Sentence Length to Increase Readability
Use People as Agents When Possible
Prefer Positive Constructions
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Style: Verbs and Other Words
Verbs: Convey the Action in the Sentence Accurately
Build Sentences around Action Verbs
Choose Strong Verbs
Avoid Nominalizations
Prefer the Active Voice
Use Concrete, Accurate Nouns
Prefer Single Words to Phrases or Pairs and Simple to Complex Words
Application: Editing for Style
Analysis
Evaluation and Review
The Language of Discrimination
Application: Discriminatory Language
Editing for a Nonsexist Style
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Organization: the Architecture of Information
Organization for Performance: Task-Based Order
Organization for Comprehension: Content-Based Order
Principles of Content Organization
Follow Pre-Established Document Structures
Anticipate Reader Questions and Needs
Arrange from General to Specific and Familiar to New
Use Conventional Patterns of Organization
Match Structure to Meaning
Group Related Material
Use Parallel Structure for Parallel Sections
Paragraph Organization
Linking Sentences
Repetitions and Variations
Application: the Problem Statement for a Research Proposal
Organizing for Reuse
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Visual Design
Definitions of Terms Related to Visual Design
Visual Design Options
Page layout
Type
Display of information
Structural Signals, Navigation
Functions of Visual Design
Comprehension
Usability
Motivation
Headings
Wording
Headings Levels
Heading Frequency
Application: Radar Target Classification Program
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Editing Illustrations
What Illustrations Do
Help Readers Understand and Use Information
Motivate Readers, Convey Values
Types of Illustrations
Editing Illustrations for Accuracy and Clarity: Content, Organization, and Style
Content: Appropriateness and Number, Accuracy and Clarity
Match of Form, Content, and Purpose=
Organization: Sequential and Spatial
Style: Discriminatory Language and Good Taste
Editing for Graphic Elements
Emphasis and Detail
Perspective, Size, and Scale
Maximizing Data Ink
Integrating Text and Illustrations
Placement on the Page or Screen
Nonverbal Instructions
Application: Cassette Instructions
Preparing Illustrations for Print or Online Display
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Editing for Global Contexts
Preparing Documents for a Global Workplace
International Rhetorical Expectations
Globalization versus Localization
Globalization
Terminology Management and Controlled Language
International English
Using Visual Instructions
Localization
Translation
Writing to Facilitate Translation: Minimize Ambiguity
Translation Quality
Machine Translation
Other Localization Tips
Researching Social and Cultural Information
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Management and Production
Legal and Ethical Issues in Editing
Legal Issues in Editing
Intellectual Property: Copyright, Trademarks, Patents, Trade Secrets
Copyright
Permissions and "Fair Use"
Copyright and Online Publication
Trademarks, Patents, and Trade Secrets
Product Safety and Liability
Libel, Fraud, and Misrepresentation
Ethical Issues in Editing
Users, Clients, and Employers
Misrepresentation of Content or Risks
Professional Codes of Conduct
Environmental Ethics
Bases for Ethical Decisions
Establishing Policies for Legal and Ethical Conduct
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Type and Production
Working with Type
Fonts and Their Uses
Font Selection
Type Size
Leading, Letterspacing, Wordspacing, and Line Length
Design Tips for Beginning Designers
Working with Illustrations
Halftones
Resolution
Correction of Photographs
Photographic Releases from Subjects
Choosing Paper
Understanding the Production Process for Print Documents
Desktop Publishing and Digital Printing
Fullscale Commercial Services: Typesetting, Page Makeup, and Offset Printing
Binding
Working with Commercial Printers
Obtaining a Quotation from a Printer
Delivering Materials to the Printer
Using Your Knowledge
Acknowledgment
Discussion and Application
Project Management
The Case for Managing the Document Development Process
The Life-Cycle Model of Publications Development
Planning
Estimating Time and Developing Budgets
Classification of Editorial Tasks and Responsibilities
Record Keeping
Sampling
Setting Priorities
Document Scheduling and Tracking
Scheduling Due Dates
Scheduling reviews
Tracking the Document through Development and Production
Version Control
Evaluation
Setting Policy
Project Management for Online Documents
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application
Client Projects
Selecting a Good Project
Project Plans and Proposals
Analysis and Evaluation
Objectives and Deliverables
Schedule and responsibilities
Budget
Establishing a Contract
Conferencing with the Writer or Client
Conference Organization
Review of the Edited Document
The Language of Good Relationships
Further Arrangement
Presenting the Project Orally
Content, Organization, and Illustrations
Presentations
Professionalism
Using Your Knowledge
Discussion and Application

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