Re: Technical Communication Terms

Subject: Re: Technical Communication Terms
From: Alexia Prendergast <alexiap -at- SEAGATESOFTWARE -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 14:55:17 -0400

my understanding, FWIW (in the order that we do them):

technical edit/review
------------------------
Developers/QA/tech support/product management make sure info in doc is
technically accurate. (Example: check syntax of code examples)

substantive edit
------------------------
Editor/peers check structure of information/quality of information.
(Example: evaluate book organization and usability)

copyedit/line edit/proofread
------------------------
Editor checks for grammar/spelling/usage mistakes. (Example: correct its
vs it's ;-)

copyfit
------------------------
Writer/production person preps files for printer. (Example: eliminate
strange page breaks)

proof
------------------------
Writer/production person checks blue lines from printer. (Example: make
sure no broken lines, smudges, PS problems)

Each task is critical. In larger shops, a different person might be
responsible for a task or part of a task. In smaller shops, one or two
people might be responsible for several tasks. Plenty of room for
flexibility.

A.
--
Alexia Prendergast
Tech Pubs Manager
Seagate Software (Durham, NC, USA)
mailto:alexiap -at- seagatesoftware -dot- com

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Wendy Phillips [SMTP:wendy -at- synergex -dot- com]
>Sent: Friday, October 03, 1997 2:32 PM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Technical Communication Terms
>
>Hi, all--
> What do you mean when you use the word "copyedit"? The dictionary
>defines
>a "copy editor" as an editor who prepares copy for the printer--with the
>transitive verb form as "copyedit". I guess I view it as scrubbing a
>document clean before presenting it for publication.
> And, what about the following terms:
>Substantive Edit
>Proofread
>Review
> ?
>Thanks,
> Wendy Phillips
> wendy -at- synergex -dot- com
>
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