Monday, August 24, 2009

Technical Editing

Product Description
This market-leading text has been thoroughly revised to reflect recent changes in technology, workplace practices and the global marketplace. The book progresses from concepts and basic copyediting to comprehensive editing, management and production issues. Coverage now includes a new chapter on client projects. Technical Editing takes a comprehensive approach to editing and defining editorial responsibility in terms of information design and the overall effectiveness of a document in helping readers understand and complete tasks. Expanding the concept of editing from a narrow focus on sentence-level revisions for correctness, this book encourages students to think about the effects of word choices, sentences, organization and design. 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. The textbook with its supplementary Web site and instructor's manual offers a complete editing course, including materials for daily workshops and discussion and longer documents for graded assignments. In a password-protected portion of the Web site, instructors can also retrieve illustrations of edited versions as well as suggested responses to daily activities. Both focused and flexible, Technical Editing includes assignments carefully crafted to develop specific editing competencies and modular chapters that allow instructors to adapt the text to meet their own course goals and methods.

From the Back Cover
The demand for technical communicators, particularly in the computer industry. is greater than the supply of people specifically trained for these jobs. Companies compromise by hiring English majors who don't necessarily understand the technical jargon, genres, or audiences or by hiring computer science majors who aren't trained in writing. This book will aid both types of employees who need on-the-job training. As in the first edition, Technical Editing progresses from basic copyediting to comprehensive editing to management issues, but now includes electronic editing and the editing of nonprint documents and an emphasis on global communication. The new edition also reflects recent changes in technology, workplace practices, and the global marketplace. Technical editors, writers, document designers, computer scientists. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.