Common Problems in Technical Editing
Fiddly style issues, big-picture functionality issues: technical editors have to be good at dealing with both. They must be able to envision who will use a document and how, and then organize and refine the content so that it’s easy to use, easy to understand, and easy to find.
Maybe you’re just starting out as a technical editor, or maybe you’ve found yourself in that role and want to be sure you’re on the right track. Whatever your situation, you’ll benefit from this audio conference that will show you how to edit technical documents more effectively and to a higher level of quality.
Sarah Burke, a technical editor with management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, will share technical editing strategies, including what to prioritize so that the technical copy you edit meets the users’ needs and is accurate, precise, consistent, and clear. She’ll cover common problems that technical editors face in understanding technical content, style points that are unique to this content, and some great resources for your desktop library and online references list.
Here's What You'll Learn
- How to spot patterns in technical copy
- The importance of understanding the need, audience, and context of use for a technical document
- What quality characteristics are most important to keep in mind
- How to decide what type of organization is appropriate, how much detail to retain, and what visual shape makes the most sense for readers
- Why understanding your own limitations as an editor can be an advantage