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Subject:Techie Editors? From:Daniel Wise <dewise -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM> Date:Sat, 18 Jan 1997 22:43:37 -0800
The question was: Do editors need to be techies? Geoff gave us a very good
answer. At least some technical knowledge is needed. Either that or the
editor needs a sixth sense to be able to have some inkling of whether an
argument hangs together logically.
I have worked as a writer/editor in chemicals, light metals, military
rocketry, aerospace, ship building, and electric utilities (including
nuclear). My degrees are in Industrial Administration and Business
Administration with a minor in speech and a core background in physical,
natural, and social sciences. I have a smattering of knowledge in a lot of
areas. For that reason, I can quite often detect instances when B does not
logically follow A,; C, B; D, C; etc.
I know nothing about SMEs, on-line (or online) help, and HTML because I have
never worked as a software/hardware documenter. I am sure that I would not,
at least initially, perform very well in these areas.
BTW, if you think a copyeditor does not need any technical knowledge, I
suggest you go lurk in copyediting-l for a few weeks.