Technical Editing (3rd Edition)

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This market-leading text has been thoroughly revised to reflect recent changes in technology, workplace practices, and the global marketplace. As before, the book progresses from concepts to basic copyediting to comprehensive editing to management and production issues, but coverage now includes a new chapter on electronic editing and a new chapter on editing in global contexts. Technical Editing takes a comprehensive approach to editing, defining editorial responsibility in terms of information design and the overall effectiveness of a document, not only the correctness achieved through sentence-level editing. The book teaches students to think about the effects of their choices of words, sentences, organization, and design, and gives them principles and processes for this thinking. They learn that the measure of a "good" document is in part outside the document, in the match of that document to the users' needs and the author's goals.

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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.

About the Author:

CAROLYN RUDE teaches professional writing and chairs the Department of English at Virginia Tech. Before becoming a professor, she worked as a technical writer and editor. She is past president and fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. She is also a fellow of the Society for Technical Communication and winner of its Jay R. Gould Award for excellence in teaching. She believes that understanding editing has enhanced her administrative work, not just because of required writing and document design but also because of the focus of comprehensive editing on readers and purposes, reading styles, and project management.

 

ANGELA EATON (angela.eaton@ttu.edu) is an Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University. Her research interests include technical editing, grant writing, and technical communication practices and pedagogies. She is the owner of the technical editing and grant writing firm Angela Eaton & Associates, LLC, is a member of the Association of the Teachers of Technical Writing, and is a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication . She was the 2005-2006 winner of the Society for Technical Communication's $10,000 Research Award. Her research has been published in Technical Communication, Business Communication Quarterly, and three edited collections.

 

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