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Editing

Did you know that there are three levels of editing in Technical Communication? They are; The Comprehensive Edit, The Copy Edit, and The Proofread Edit. The most important role for the editor when editing any document or any content is to ensure that the audience’s needs are met. While this is key, it is also important to maintain a good working relationship with the author/writer. For more information on the roles an editor plays in technical communication see the link. https://techwhirl.com/foundations-the-role-of-the-technical-editor/#:~:text=According%20to%20Carolyn%20Rude%20and%20Angela%20Eaton,%20co-authors,can%20play%20a%20key%20role%20on%20documentation%20projects.

Translation & Localization

As a technical communicator, translation can significantly impact the size of a document and, as a result, the budget of a project. Translation can expand the original document text to 1.5 times its original size, depending on the language. Add localization, which is adapting a document to a specific region, and the project costs may increase further. For more info about translation and localization check this link. https://www.interproinc.com/blog/effective-translation-project-management

Design

Design of a document, webpage, manual, or presentation is very critical in technical communication. A significant design theory, still used today, originates from the Gestalt Principles. These are 5 principles of perception researched by German psychologists (Wertheimer, Koffka, and Kohler) in the 1920’s who were interested in how the mind makes sense of its surroundings. The 5 principles are proximity, similarity, continuity, closure, and connectedness and are important considerations to design of any technical communication. Read more about Gestalt Principles and how they impact our design choices. https://sciencing.com/5-principles-gestalt-8430201.html

Style Guides

Style guides play an important part in technical writing insofar as they aid the reader/user in navigating the content in a user-friendly manner. Using style guides throughout a document in a consistent manner allows the information to be chunked together in a logical pattern for the reader. It also allows the reader to scan information to find what they need, rather than reading every page of content. There are many Style Guides used, even some industry specific ones, such as the Canadian Press Stylebook, and many more available for use to meet most audiences’ purposes. https://www.writethedocs.org/guide/writing/style-guides/


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