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 communicate technical 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 and graphics 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 goals and 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 introduce students 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.
"A fine textbook and an excellent resource."--Marianthe Karanikas, Southwest Missouri State University
"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 found in 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