By Bryce Arghiere
The facts can dishearten. On average, Web users read 20% of the text on a webpage, covering around 62 words before leaving the site within 15 seconds. The challenge of writing for readers who barely read calls for a unique and fearless approach to editing. Continue reading
by Erin Brenner
Professional 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
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.
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.