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by Donald C. Samson

eBook Editing Technical Writing download ISBN: 0195063511
Author: Donald C. Samson
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 29, 1993)
Language: English
Pages: 408
ePub: 1623 kb
Fb2: 1491 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research and Publishing Guides

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It is also a training manual for working professionals in business and government who must revise documents to communicate technical information clearly and effectively.

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Some of those examples are dated but the main principles they illustrate are still valid and good. There is an answer key for the exercise questions and even a section on how much to charge for your writing (also outdated of course)

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The book comprises five parts: fundamentals of technical communication, then the basics of written documentation followed by oral presentations and public speaking, graphical displays and design, and finally, the application of all the discussed ideas to specific types of documents. The fundamentals primarily cover the basic universal principles of effective communication.

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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 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 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 student and editors.
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dermeco
Editing well is an art that, ironically enough, is hard to demystify in print. Adding insight on editing technical material requires a solid foundation in technical disciplines as well as respect for the written word and its consumers.

Samson's book provides a well-organized overview of the technical editing profession, inside and out. The "inside" portion of this book is generally excellent, as he reviews things as specific as proofreading marks and as nuanced as English grammar. Personally, I found his chapter on editing technical graphics extremely useful.

However, the "outside" portion of the book -- the part that deals with how editors fit into the workflow in industry and publishing -- is sadly out of date, which is not surprising given that the book was published nearly 15 years ago. Samson describes lengthy schedules, time for extensive re-edits, and large teams replete with semi-legendary staffers like dedicated typists. Perhaps my own software industry experience colors my perspective, which is that today's technical documentation is more likely to be written in a fast-paced, iterative environment and produced and published entirely online. In such a setting, editing, ANY editing, is a luxury.

This book contains useful exercises, and its general rigor and lucidity would make it a good supplemental text for a technical editing course. Just don't go into your first technical editing or writing job expecting anything like the work environment Samson outlines.
Shalizel
Unfortunately I could have written this book. It did not present any new thoughts for this technical editor.