RE: What to look for in a technical editor

Subject: RE: What to look for in a technical editor
From: "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 18:47:15 -0400

I am currently functioning as a technical editor, and I couldn't agree more
with Andrew and Bonnie. If you don't know the subject, there is no way you
can do a good editing job. I edit first for technical accuracy, a close
second for technical implementation of templates and pre-press work, and
third for grammar.

IMO, a good tech writer can be trusted to write grammatically correct
documents, can be trusted to get pre-press/publishing/templates implemented
correctly, and can hit the tech stuff very close if not on the bull's-eye.
But, the most difficult to nail down is tech accuracy, the second is
by-the-book formatting and publishing, and the third *should* be grammar.

And, to stop rambling and offer something intelligent...

I'd rather send a doc out the door with a typo in it or a subject/verb
disagreement than with links that don't work or info that's technically

Bill Swallow
wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com


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