Re: Technical editing vs. technical writing?
While peer review is
certainly well worth the time, it's no substitute for a trained editor--no
more than a typical engineer or programmer should be considered a substitute
for a trained writer. The occasional individual can do a really good job at
both, and can certainly rise above the level of a poor editor or writer, but
few indeed can rise to the standards of a true pro.
From the way that I've usually heard the term used, a "technical editor" is usually a substantive editor, with exertise in the subject matter - not just a copy editor.
That may or may be implicit in your comments, but I thought the point should be stressed.
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