In response to popular demand (by Carolina Communiqué’s new editor-in-chief, Sheila Loring), and with input from members of the Technical Editing SIG, I’ve compiled a list of ten grammar and usage errors sometimes seen in technical communication. Avoid these errors to improve clarity and simplify the job of the reader—and the translator.
In keeping with our promise to provide an article on watercooler chats, here is a summary article of the last watercooler chat of the year 2010. The chat was moderated by Rick Fitch. Rick Fitch, a senior STC member, has 15 years of experience as a technical editor, including in the telecommunications and aerospace industries.
The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (Or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) by Carol Fisher Saller (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
For several years, I taught technical editing (among other courses) at the University of Washington. If I were still teaching that course, I would include this book as required reading. Although almost all textbooks on technical editing cover the weighty matter of
In Part 1, I presented background information about my research on editing Wikipedia articles.
This past September, Baywood Publishing released New Perspectives on Technical Editing, an impressive collection of essays by leading authorities in the field of editing.