Re: Self-editing

Subject: Re: Self-editing
From: Richard Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:03:07 -0800

Hi Shawn,

I agree 100% on having SMEs proof for technical accuracy. In essence, the docs are as much a reflection on their work as they are on yours.

That said, they can't be relied on for copy-edit and pure proofreading (though I have known some who were really good at spotting problems).

And, yes, proofing your own work is pretty much guaranteed to lead to something slipping through.

Richard
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On Nov 3, 2014, at 9:32, Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com> wrote:

> Good thread Richard.
>
> It ever so slightly ties in with my earlier thread on documentation workflow.
>
> > 1) Is your work edited by a dedicated editor?
> > 2) If not, what strategies do you use to either peer-edit or self-edit your work?
>
> No I don't have a dedicated editor and I suspect most of us do not.
>
> A dedicated editor isn't necessary, unless we are talking about a professional publishing house. Within a corporation, I strongly support that SMEs should be assigned the responsibility to proof read a tech writer's work. There should be one or more people available to sign-off on your work. Most importantly, a technical writer should NEVER proof their own work. Although waiting a week or two will help with self-proof reading, it is quite unlikely that you will catch all your own errors.
>
>
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> On Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM, Richard Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net> wrote:
> I'm writing an article about editing, and I'm curious about what the folks on this list think about the state of editing in the corporate world today.
>
> I'm interested in any thoughts you have, but in particular, I have two questions:
>
> 1) Is your work edited by a dedicated editor?
>
> 2) If not, what strategies do you use to either peer-edit or self-edit your work?
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> Best regards,
> Richard Hamilton
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> XML Press
> XML for Technical Communicators
> http://xmlpress.net
> hamilton -at- xmlpress -dot- net
>
>
> --
> Shawn Connelly
> Technical writer
>


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