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Technical Editing (5th Edition) (The Allyn & Bacon Seriesin Technical Communication) 5th Edition

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CAROLYN RUDE teaches professional writing and chairs the Department of English at Virginia Tech. Before becoming a professor, she worked as a technical writer and editor. She is past president and fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. She is also a fellow of the Society for Technical Communication and winner of its Jay R. Gould Award for excellence in teaching. She believes that understanding editing has enhanced her administrative work, not just because of required writing and document design but also because of the focus of comprehensive editing on readers and purposes, reading styles, and project management.

 

ANGELA EATON (angela.eaton@ttu.edu<mailto:angela.eaton@ttu.edu>) is an Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University. Her research interests include technical editing, grant writing, and technical communication practices and pedagogies. She is the owner of the technical editing and grant writing firm Angela Eaton & Associates, LLC, is a member of the Association of the Teachers of Technical Writing, and is a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication . She was the 2005-2006 winner of the Society for Technical Communication's $10,000 Research Award. Her research has been published in Technical Communication, Business Communication Quarterly, and three edited collections.

 

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Product Details

  • Series: The Allyn & Bacon Seriesin Technical Communication
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 5 edition (October 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205786715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205786718
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Rude did a masterful job of explaining the concepts behind good writing. Reading this book improves your entire writing process by teaching the reader what he should not do when constructing any component within a document, be it a sentence, paragraph, chapter, etc.

It also provides an excellent reference for copy editing symbols, defines the various levels of editing, and defines the roles that writers, editors, and publishers should have.

Overall, Technical Editing has done more to improve my writing than all other writing books combine. It is a must have for your reference library and excellent for classroom instruction
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Carolyn Rude's Technical Editing (fourth edition) is a solid, comprehensive volume equally suitable as a textbook or a desktop reference. It attempts to support the writer or editor of technical prose in the collaborative process of shaping rough text into a polished and accurate final product. Its scope is ambitious, ranging from exercises in proofreading hard copy using standard markup symbols to explorations of the legal and ethical ramifications of technical prose.

I like the way that the author captures the real-world constraints that editors face: there is never enough time, content will never be perfect, and tradeoffs frequently need to be made. Just as important as his or her attention to details and standards are an editor's ability to compromise and work collaboratively with writers. In this regard, Dr. Rude's book stands in for an editing coach.

I am not familiar with the earlier versions of Dr. Rude's book, so I don't know when the sections related to online editing and website editing were added. Sometimes the grafting of this content seems a bit clumsy; likewise, some of the content on laying out text for a typesetter seems dated. Even so, this book offers good and lasting value.
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A thorough book, but much of the content seems very out of touch with the professional editor's environment and needs. There's a somewhat dated feel to the writing, and when it speaks with about "how things work" in the editing world, it's often wrong. However--parts are useful reference, and a beginner might find several parts useful for some basic understanding of editing. Don't buy this book to learn how to be a technical editor, though.
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When I "fell into" the technical editing profession more than 20 years ago, there were no or few undergraduate or graduate programs in technical communication. My learning was on the job, and I was very fortunate to work under extremely talented editors who were willing to share everything they knew. I am now a highly respected technical editor for an international corporation. A new colleague, recently graduated with an M.S. in the field, introduced me to this book, which he had used in school. The chapters on copyediting and comprehensive editing in particular are excellent; the process descriptions are right on target. I highly recommend this book for both the theory and practise of technical editing.
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Dr. Rude was one of my technical writing professors. I recall using an early edition of this book when I was taking her class, identifying and suggesting edits as part of the class work...an instructive process. I have always found her guidelines to be clear and user-friendly. I do not agree with one reviewer's example of "handicap", as Dr. Rude was using that as an example within the admonition for caution, a sophisticated concept that was perhaps lost on the reviewer at the time.

This book is agreat reference and will be very useful for technical editors in any branch of the profession.
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I strongly disagree with the person who said that this book was bad. I have used this for two years in my Technical Editing course and have found it to be an excellent book. My students say they get a lot out of it. It's got great advice and very good examples/exercises. I"m very pleased with Rude's work.
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Carolyn Rude did a great job covering the important aspects of technical editing in an organized, easy-to-read manner. She starts out with the basics that every technical editor should know, such as copymarking, proofreading, and grammar and then moves on to the more advanced areas. She provides a thorough, realistic picture of the editing world and presents a comprehensive set of informative chapters on this important area of editing. I would recommend this book, especially to those who are new to technical editing.
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In preparation for a carer as a Technical Editor, this book is a wake-up call, and an excellent resource for guidance while editing. The chapters are clear and concise reads (what college student doesn't love that??). My Professional and Technical Editing professor, Dr. Angela Eaton, co-authored this book. I'm not biased though, this text is truly helpful and enlightening for individuals wishing to sharpen their skills as an Editor.
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