Re: job title nomenclature on biz cards

Subject: Re: job title nomenclature on biz cards
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 02:29:38 -0400

With regard to technical editing, I'd like to say this, which I just
wrote to a friend offline and want to share with the whole list (my
correspondent was saying that most technical editors he knows don't run
the application or know the content at all):

Anyway, I'm TE of a different stripe, I guess. If I'm editing software
documentation, it's really pointless to just correct grammar and
punctuation and spelling -- and it's impossible, too, to do just that
with any confidence that one is not harming the document.

How in the world am I to help the writer convey the meaning of something
if I don't know what the writer is actually trying to convey?

Editing without understanding the content is crazy, in my opinion.

Without understanding the content, certain things will *seem* wrong,
certain commas will appear to be misplaced, and those items will be
changed --- but they will have been correct, and I will have done a very
bad thing to a very good document!

A good technical editor knows this. Anyone who is simply reading for
spelling, grammar, and punctuation may be an *editor* -- but she is not
a *technical* editor, which is what I am.

If I ever sound any more like Plato than I do right now, I promise to
drown myself forthwith.

Bonnie Granat
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Mobile: 617-319-7461
Office: 617-354-7084


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