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I edit on paper with a red pen. It is easier for me to see and share my
document changes. I can mark revisions online, but I won't have my notes
about why I made changes and I won't have notations, like "stet," to
indicate that I had considered a change but decided against it. I am also a
pack rat while documenting and I keep a stack of hardcopies with edits until
the documentation project is done, in the event that I need to backtrack or
review past changes. Once I get a sign-off on the project, the pile of
hardcopies goes in the shredder. Or rather, that big blue secure waste
container for off-site shredding.
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lt34=csus -dot- edu -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of Jeannine Klein
> Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 5:36 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Online vs paper-based editing
> Do most of you edit on the computer screen or on a paper
> printout? And is
> the answer different depending on whether the material you're
> editing was
> written by you or by someone else? (I know the answer changes
> for me.) Also,
> do you know of any studies on the question? (I can't find
> anything in the
> STC archives.)
> I ask because I have taken over a professional editing course
> at the local
> state university and one of the topics is the relative frequency of
> electronic vs paper-based editing.The current course reading
> is about 10
> years old and heavily weighted in favor of paper-based editing. My own
> experience in the corporate world is weighted in favor of
> online editing,
> although not so heavily. The disparity was difficult to
> handle this past
> semester; I'd like to resolve it, if only through anecdotal
> evidence from
> this group. Of course, published research would be even better.
> I apologize in advance if this question is too far off-topic,
> but I'm sure
> this group has a wealth of experience in this area.
> Jeannine Klein
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