Week 11 Technology and editing

Readings

Electronic Editing: Survey of Practices

Electronic editing -- Model of User-centered adoption

Dynamic content

Discussion questions

1.

Consider what you think is the most interesting or most troubling information Dayton provides. What pressed your buttons hardest as you read?

Editing can be done with hardcopy or softcopy. Which do you prefer and why? Why is it important to gain skills at your non-preferred style? What are the major advantages and disadvantages of each?

How do you expect the editing debate of hardcopy vs softcopy to change in the future? Has it already become a non-issue? Of particular concern is the issue of how to edit material that will be printed.

2.

There is an article we haven’t read, but the main argument is that, technical communicators will move up the food chain to structuring organizational interaction, or institutional knowledge management. They will become "organizational facilitators."

The point here is that "editing" print, once relegated to the lower rungs, will become in many cases -- as electronic manifestations of knowledge become dominant -- an "editing" of ideas, for softcopy demands a intimate understanding of what is trying to be said.

How does this change fit your view of what a technical editor does and how does it effect the editor career path? How do ideas of dynamic content, with the final text created when the reader views the page, affect how the text is edited?

Comments

In many ways, this chapter is the future for technical communicators, who will eventually progress from the traditional tidying up of printouts to collaborating on an equal basis with writers on how best to structure the targeted knowledge itself.