Tag: Technical Writing
Why Some Review and Revision Processes Are Unsuccessful
by Maddy Abadillo
The review process of technical reports is nothing but a source of frustration for many professionals; one study shows why this may be and how...
Love at First Type: It’s Not Always about the First Typeface You See
Choosing a font can be a daunting task. But with the proper instruction, it doesn’t have to be. Selecting the best typeface for your document...
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...
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...
Editing for Relevance: 8 Usage Principles Worth Remembering
Professional writers evaluated twenty usage principles that editors rated unimportant, and the results show that at least eight are still worth emphasizing. Many editors classify...