Re: Levels of Edit: how are they defined/applied by technical editors?

Subject: Re: Levels of Edit: how are they defined/applied by technical editors?
From: Jean Hollis Weber <jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 17:46:40 +1000

On Mon, 14 Apr 2003, Kalle Medhurst asked if the levels of edit process is "standard in the typical editing environment? (Is it actually used by technical editors?) If not, how do you (editors) define/determine 'levels of edit'?"

I find the levels of edit most useful when negotiating with clients, because what they mean by "copy edit" or "light edit" or any other term is usually not what I mean by that term. To try to avoid (often costly) misundertandings, I show clients a list of specific tasks and ask which of those tasks they want me to do.

I have a lot more about classifying editing (among other topics) on my technical editors' website; see in particular the sections on "About technical editing" and "How to." By the way, I agree with Geoff Hart's "heretical" editing priorities.

Regards, Jean
Jean Hollis Weber
jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com
The Technical Editors' Eyrie
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