RE: [RMX:NL] RE: Need Feedback from Technical Editors

Subject: RE: [RMX:NL] RE: Need Feedback from Technical Editors
From: Slager Timothy J <Timothy -dot- Slager -at- dematic -dot- com>
To: "mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com" <mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com>, 'TECHWR-L' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:47:52 +0000

I'm bordering on geezerhood, but I've switched to editing on-screen. I make the occasional exception for shorter documents.

I edit (once or more, depending on complexity) and then switch to final view without comments or formatting marks for a read-through.

tims

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From: techwr-l-bounces+timothy -dot- slager=dematic -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+timothy -dot- slager=dematic -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com
Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 1:45 PM
To: 'TECHWR-L'
Subject: [RMX:NL] RE: Need Feedback from Technical Editors

Some changes seem to be generational. I'm as pro digital as anyone, but I do still proof critical stuff on paper, after first proofing it on screen and then listening to it read by a screen reader. But in the writer's groups I belong to, I find, quite consistently, the people of my generation turn up with stacks of paper and younger people turn up with laptops and no paper at all.

It is certainly interesting that there are some things we seem to adopt quickly, regardless of age (like cell phones), but for other things it seems that once a habit is ingrained it is very hard to break, even if people who do not have it engrained in them adopt the new tech without question. There has to be something subtle in the nature of the change that we are being asked to make that makes some transitions easy and others very difficult. It would be interesting to figure out what it is, because it could be a factor in all kinds of other changes we would like to encourage -- or to make ourselves.

Mark

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[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+mbaker=analecta -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Dan Goldstein
Sent: Thursday, February 4, 2016 1:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Need Feedback from Technical Editors

Based on the many replies from Whirlers who require hard copy, I can only
say: The Lorax weeps, but we can't deny the truth. See:
http://techwhirl.com/three-roadblocks-to-utopian-paperless-office/

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From: Shelley Thomas
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2016 3:47 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Need Feedback from Technical Editors

I have been teaching technical editing since 2005, and your response to the discussion about what editors in the workforce should know (see More than Grammar, (http://tinyurl.com/h43bapf) has helped me refine my teaching. That said, I would like to follow up on 2007 article about using e-editing VS hardcopy editing in the profession. My position, as an instructor, is that hardcopy editing has not gone away. So, I teach half of the semester using traditional copy editing marks for editing documents, and the second half teaching track changes (MS Word, Pages, as well as other tablet apps). So, I have the following questions:

Do technical editors still use hard copy for edits? (Is this a personal preference or a department/company policy? For example, personally, I like to see a hardcopy to edit, and then I make my edits electronically.)

When editing electronically, do you use track changes (such as MS Word)? Do you edit in Adobe products (such as Acrobat Pro)? Do you use iPad applications (such as IAnnotate, Cabinet, or QuickEdit)?

How do tablets figure in to your editing?

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References:
Need Feedback from Technical Editors: From: Shelley Thomas
RE: Need Feedback from Technical Editors: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Need Feedback from Technical Editors: From: mbaker

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