Category Archives: Style

Copyeditors Can Make Web Copy Sing

by Erin Brenner

2015 Headshot brown cropped 600x548Professional copyeditors tend to think of the Web as devoid of good writing. Website owners will throw any old copy up on the site, careless of good grammar, never mind rhythm and style. While quality sites are out there (think the New York Times and The Atlantic), they still make mistakes and many more websites are in need of a skillful copyeditor to help raise standards. Continue reading

Let Go of the Words?

Michelle Corbin

As technical editors, we love words. We love making sure that each word communicates clearly. If you hear that someone is an editor, you immediately think of grammar and syntax and word usage. But, as technical editors, the time has come (really, it came a while ago, but the saying goes, “the time has come”) for us to let go of a singular focus on the words. As technical editors, we must edit so much more than just the words—words on the paper or words on the screen, words in a PDF or words in a help file, words in a user interface or in a message. We have to look beyond the words.

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Vancouver to Host Plain Language Conference October 10-13, 2013

The Plain Language Association InterNational will hold its 9th biennial conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Oct. 10 to 13, 2013. The theme of the international conference is Plain Language Advances: New skills, knowledge, research, and best practices. The conference will be co-hosted with Community Plain Language Services Corp.

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