Editing Technical Writing by Donald C. Samson

Editing Technical Writing

byDonald C. Samson

Paperback | March 1, 1994

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Exhaustively illustrated and broad in scope, Editing Technical Writing is a comprehensive textbook and reference for students of technical editing and communication, as well as a training manual for working professionals in business and government who must revise documents to communicatetechnical information clearly and effectively. It examines the editor's broad role in the collaborative writing of a document, from scheduling, staffing, and budgeting publication work through editing text and graphics to coordinating proofreading and production work. Chapters on editing text andgraphics are supplemented by others on degrees of edit, style guides, editing specific types of documents such as proposals, proofreading, schedules and budgets, grammar, and punctuation. Extensive examples, materials to edit and exercises with answer keys and explanations clarify editorial goalsand procedures and provide students with realistic editing experience. Discussions of concepts such as legibility, readability and effective design contribute to the students' base in communication theory. Also, editing guidelines and graphics from a variety of professional documents introducestudents to the range of materials and techniques available to the technical editor and make Editing Technical Writing a valuable reference as well as text. A bibliography identifies valuable resources for editing students and editors.

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Donald C. Samson is at Radford University.

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Title:Editing Technical WritingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 6.5 × 9.17 × 0.71 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195063511

ISBN - 13:9780195063516

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"The strength...is that it addresses the additional roles technical editors assume while it provides solid coverage of traditional editing conventions. The text helps new editors and students avoid these unpredictable learning methods by clearly explaining the major editing conventions foundin style manuals, offering the time-worn advice of an experienced technical writer, and providing the opportunity to practice on sample technical texts."--Journal of Business and Technical Communication