Technical Editing

The technical editing involves reviewing text written on a technical matter, and identifying errors related to the use of language in general, or in adherence to a specific guide to model.

The technical editing may include correcting any of the following: grammatical errors, misspellings, mistyping, incorrect punctuation, inconsistencies in use, poorly structured sentences, the scientific limitations of evil, false and units dimensions, significant figures in contradiction, ambivalence technical disambiguation, technical correction reports which may be in conflict with general scientific knowledge, synthesis, content, index, headings and subheadings, presentation of data and charts in research or report, correcting errors in citations etc.

This guarantees that the writing is of high quality. In large companies, experienced authors are devoted to the function of technical editing. In organizations that can not afford the dedicated editors, authors typically experienced peer-edit the text produced, by relatively less experienced colleagues.

It helps if the writer is aware of the technical subject that is published; but this is not always essential. Knowledge that a “technical” writer acquires over time, while working on a project or a particular technology, gives the writer an edge over another, who has just started publishing the content on this product or technology. Ultimately, however, the qualifications that really matter are attention to detail, ability to support the household while working through lengthy pieces of text on complex subjects, tact in dealing with authors, and excellent communication skills.

The revision is also another form of publishing. It looks at awkward phrases, run-on sentences, and usually parts of the paper that did not make sense for the editor. Usually the author updates his copy before turning it.

A number of standards and tools (such as XML editors) have been developed for publishing technical documents such as

* Typing Architecture Information Darwin (DITA).
* DocBook

Business Edition

Businesses and nonprofit organizations often use the drafters, who may be employees of a company, various contractors working on site at a client’s office, or off site independently, or employees or associates of an institution, who are copywriting specialized. By working with writers inside and outside the business, these editors provide services such as proofreading, copy editing, line editing, developmental editing, editing for search engine optimization (SEO), etc.