Tag: Technical Editing
The Most Memorable Writing
A study conducted about semantics and syntax teaches us how to treat important information and make it the most memorable. In technical writing it is...
Online Editing: The Effects of Technology on Future Editors
“Higher education institutions need to give their students experience drafting, editing, and commenting on each other’s work online.” —Zimmerman and Yohon (2002) I am currently...
What Writing Police Reports Can Teach Us about Technical Editing
Police reports can teach us a lot about the importance of understanding genre in technical editing. I’ve watched enough American cop shows to know that...
When to Follow Your Intuition Instead of Prescriptive Rules
“When prescriptive grammar violates organic grammar, bad things can happen during the reading process.” —Bradford R. Connatser (2004, 265) To editors, it can sometimes seem...
Tired of “Safe” Typefaces? Letterforms J-a-g-e-n to the Rescue
“Using type well is an art, but the principles underlying the uses of type are also based on research.” —C. D. Rude (2002) in Longman’s...
Which Editing Mistakes Could Cost You a Job
Are you looking for an editing job? Do you want to know which editing mistakes will automatically disqualify you from the position? Then this is...
Creating Your Own Code of Editing Ethics
As editors, we will come across many ethical situations. How can we best be prepared to respond to them? When we receive a piece to...
Unblock Editor’s Block
Receiving constructive criticism from others before you revise your work can help you find a better way to approach a subject. As editors, we can...
Unmasking the Nature of Technical Editing
If you feel you don’t have the necessary skills for technical editing—if the mere idea of it bores you or intimidates you—know that there is...
One Way to Write High-Quality Comments on Technical Documents