This course covers basic editorial concepts and technique necessary to function as a technical editor.
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This course covers these essential technical editing topics:
- Role of the technical editor on the documentation team
- Grammar, usage, punctuation review
- Traditional hardcopy markup
- Electronic editing with track-change functions
- Copyediting: classic usage issues
- Copyediting: punctuation
- Type code markup
- Substantive editing: document-level problems, page design
- Stylesheets and style guides
- Editing for internationalization & localization
- Editing for online information accessibility
- Writer–editor interaction
You use links, videos and transcripts of those videos to learn these tasks, e-mail your instructor when you have questions, and send your work to the instructor for review.
Example units from this course:
Editing for Internationalization & Localization
Substantive Editing—Document-Level Problem
Course cost: McMurrey Associates: $175 U.S., plus Carol Rude, Technical Editing ($40 US used), Chicago Manual of Style ($44 US used), Garner's Modern American Usage ($21 US Kindle), Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary ($12 US). Check your local library for these last three titles.
Here are the policies for this course:
- You have 93 days to complete the units of this course.
- You are welcome to work ahead of the schedule you see on your schedule page for this course. If you foresee needing extra time, contact email@example.com
- You can choose whether to take this course for a letter grade or pass–fail.
- No refunds will be granted after the third day that you have access to this course.
- Unless results are automatic, your instructor will review, comment on, and return your work within three days of receipt. Expect an e-mail confirmation that your instructor has received your work.
- Your instructor is available many hours per week to answer your questions and provide other help. Setting up an appointment works best.
- The topics in this course are the most important at beginning and intermediate levels. You can request units on other topics; your instructor will consider adding them.
- Your instructor will gladly provide you with a letter describing the quality of your work in this course.
- Your instructor will make reasonable efforts to ensure your success in this course but can make no guarantees concerning your writing or career success outside of this course.
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