Technical Editing:
Comprehensive Editing: Definition and Process — Rude 14

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  1. To make a document useful to its readers, an editor considers its
    Readability, word usage, and context
    Style, readability, word usage, and marketability
    Style, organization, context, design, and visual integrity
    Concept, content, organization, design, and style
  2. The job of comprehensive editing is difficult because it requires that the editor
    Keep the writer's intentions in mind.
    Anticipate the reader's needs.
    Imagine how the document will be used.
    All of the above.
  3. Prior to conducting a comprehensive edit, an editor must
    Work with the development team to set goals for the document.
    Work with the development team to select a good style manual.
    Create a comprehensive style guide and request that the development team review it.
    Establish goals for the document and communicate them to the development team.
  4. What is the major difference between comprehensive editing and copyediting?
    A copyedit goes beyond a comprehensive edit and focuses on whether the document will meet the needs of its readers.
    A comprehensive edit looks mainly for problems involving consistency, correctness, grammar, usage, and punctuation.
    A comprehensive edit goes beyond a copyedit and focuses on whether the document will meet the needs of its readers.
    A comprehensive edit beyond a copyedit and focuses on whether the document will meet the needs of the publisher.
  5. What is the first step taken for a comprehensive edit of a document (as oppposed to the development of the document)?
    Agree with the development team on document goals.
    Analyze the document's purposes, readers, and uses.
    Planning and focusing
    Reading and planning
  6. What is one goal of the planning and analysis phase?
    To consider how the document will be read and used.
    To determine how full of errors the document is.
    To consider how the document will be printed.
    To determine how much the document will cost to print.
  7. When analyzing a document, the editor should avoid
    Determining the goals for the document.
    Planning the edit of the document.
    Analyzing the audience of the document.
    A line-by-line read of the document.
  8. Which of the following is one of the elements of Rude's four-part editing plan?
    Select a style manual.
    Establish editing objectives.
    Agree with the writer on style choices.
    Meet with the project team to agree on design specifications.
  9. What is another of Rude's elements for planning?
    Evaluate the document's content, organization, visual design, and style to determine if the document meets the needs of its readers.
    Evaluate the document's content, organization, visual design, and style to determine if the document covers all the important functions of the product.
    Evaluate the document's content, organization, visual design, and style to determine if the document meets the requirements of the product developers.
    Evaluate the document's content, organization, visual design, and style to determine if the document meets the needs of its writer.
  10. Comprehensive editing always begins with
    An analysis of the grammar and style.
    An analysis of the format and layout.
    An analysis of the visual design.
    An analysis of the document's purpose and who will use it.
  11. What is one question that Rude suggests that an editor ask in the analysis of a document's purpose, readers, and uses?
    When is the publication deadline?
    How much will it cost?
    What is the purpose of document?
    Who will have final approval over editorial decisions?
  12. When evaluating a document, the comprehensive editor systematically reviews the document in these specific areas:
    Content, organization, visual design and navigation, style, accessibility, illustrations, and resuse.
    Content, readability, visual design, style, resuse, and illustrations.
    Content, organization, grammar and typos, style, consistency, and illustrations.
    Content, organization, visual design, consistency, accessibility, reuse, and illustrations.
  13. In order to establish clear objectives, editors should
    Make plenty of marks in the margins.
    Review the key functions in the product.
    Ask the writer for appropriate objectives.
    Evaluate what is ineffective about the document.
  14. After analyzing the document and establishing editing objectives, the comprehensive editor's next step is to
    Start and complete the editing of the document.
    Consult with product developers about editing plans.
    Consult with the writer about editing plans.
    Perform a thorough copyedit of the document.
  15. What is the first step of a top-down approach to comprehensive editing?
    Consider the most comprehensive document features such as content, organization, and visual design.
    Consider the most comprehensive document features such as style and grammar.
    Consider the most comprehensive document features such as consistency, format and layout.
    Consider the most comprehensive document features such as grammar and spelling.
  16. Which of the following is not discussed in this chapter as a reason why you as an editor should review the edited version of a document with the writer?
    To obtain the writer's approval for your changes.
    To enable the writer to ask questions about your edit.
    To ask the writer questions about ambiguous points.
    To teach the writer the standards of good writing.
    To check the accuracy of your edit.
    As a professional courtesy.
  17. What is one important consideration that should be given before deciding to conduct a comprehensive edit?
    The greater the editorial intervention, the better the document will be.
    The greater the editorial intervention, the greater the risk of changing the message.
    The greater the editorial intervention, the less time it will take to complete the job.

    The greater the editorial intervention, the more likely that the message will be made even clearer than the writer could have accomplished alone.

  18. Which of the following are important limits on whether a document should receive a comprehensive edit?
    Your job description may not include comprehensive editing.
    The writer may not want a comprehensive edit.
    There may not be enough time to do a comprehensive edit.
    The document may not be important enough to warrant a comprehensive edit.
    The document may be too important to warrant a comprehensive edit.
    Your job description may not include comprehensive editing; the writer may not want a comprehensive edit; the document may be too important to warrant a comprehensive edit.
    Your job description may not include comprehensive editing; there may not be enough time to do a comprehensive edit; the document may not be important enough to warrant a comprehensive edit.
    All of the above.
    None of the above.
  19. When you consider the situation for a comprehensive edit, what are you doing?
    Estimating how much time you need to complete the edit.
    Determining how much time you will have to complete the edit.
    Determining whether a comprehensive edit is necessary.
    Considering the ways in which the document will be used.
    Assessing how well the document covers the important functions of the product.
  20. What is the relationship between copyediting and comprehensive editing?
    A copyedit is included within a comprehensive edit.
    A copyedit is separate from and precedes a comprehensive edit.
    A copyedit is separate from and comes after a comprehensive edit.
    A comprehensive edit is included within a copyedit.


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