Editing, Smediting

Subject: Editing, Smediting
From: "Lisa A. Miller" <lisamil -at- ZEUS -dot- ANET-STL -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 09:36:00 -0500

TECHWR-Lers

I am having an awful experience coming face to face with the fact that I am
editing disabled. Design, Format, Conception - I'm your writer! Have me
read what I wrote for missed words, inconsistencies, and the grammatical
errors - No way.

Here's the situation - huge reference manual (350 pages - personal high on
number count) - lot's o' fields to doc - lot's of redundancy built into the
doc so each chapter/section functions independently - Writer who doesn't
find missed words, some missed field definitions, titles don't match
paragraph references, etc. Conceptually, it covers a lot of ground. In
the details, you've got problems.

My friends, you have given me great information about UW and about how many
machines it takes to document a system (both topics whose answers I have
yet to compile and repost). Now, I ask for your worst editing disaster and
what you did to fix the problems for that project, and how you changed your
process to overcome the underlying issues.

I am pretty much just spiraling into the abyss with self doubt and no
answers. Please shed some light on what you do to ensure editing quality.
Tell me your answers to editing. How do you do it? Thanks.


Lisa Miller
lisamil -at- zeus -dot- anet-stl -dot- com

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