Technical Editing:
Visual Design — Rude 18

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  1. What is the most important goal when you edit a document's visual design?
    Ensure that the design achieves a professional-looking, industry-standard result.
    Ensure that the design is consistent with the document's purpose.
    Ensure that the design helps readers find and interpret information in the document.
    Ensure that the design appeals to the readers of the document in terms of aesthetic qualities.
  2. Visual design is important because
    It indicates the structure of the document.
    It provides guidelines for locating information.
    It invites reading.
    All of the above.
  3. What is layout?
    The compositor's design for the arrangement of text and visuals on a page.
    The graphic designer's plan for the arrangement of text and visuals on a page.
    The editor's design for the arrangement of text and visuals on a page.
    The writer's design for the arrangement of text and visuals on a page.
  4. What role do editors play in the visual design of a document?
    They evaluate whether the design choices as implemented work well.
    They make basic decisions about the layout and design.
    They make basic decisions about the layout.
    They make basic decision about design.
  5. Which of the following best defines "hanging indent" as related to headings?
    Headings that are more deeply indented than the body text (for example, headings indented 1.5 inches; body text, 0.0 inches).
    Body text that is more deeply indented than headings (for example, headings indented 0.0 inches; body text, 1.5 inches).
    Body text in which the first line is indented (typically, 0.25 inches).
    Headings that are indented the same amount as body text.
  6. What is an advantage of long paragraphs?
    They are easier to digest that short paragraphs.
    You can develop complex thoughts.
    You can convey information more efficiently.
    You can develop the narrative structure more efficiently.
  7. When should a writer use bulleted lists as opposed to numbered lists?
    Use bullets when the sequence of the information does not matter.
    Use bullets when the sequence of the information does matter, for example, when it is chronological.
    When the greater emphasis of bulleted lists over numbered lists is needed.
    When the greater emphasis of numbered lists over bulleted lists is needed.
  8. In large blocks of text, what kind of justification increases the ease of reading?
    Full justification
  9. When is it a good idea to use a list to display elements of a series of information?
    When there are parallel ideas.
    When there is a clear sequence of ideas.
  10. What is the standard limit for the number of characters on a line?
  11. To avoid a busy look on a page or screen
    Keep variations in type style to a minimum.
    Always use the same font.
  12. When should you use a list for the elements of a series in a sentence instead of paragraph format?
    When a paragraph has become too long, too dense, making it difficult to read.
    When the information is important enough to warrant special attention.
  13. Which of the following elements of visual design can best help readers find information?
    Bold fonts
  14. Which of the following is the best way to ensure the usability of a document that you are editing?
    Imagine how the writer would search for information in a text.
    Imagine how a reader would search for information in a text and use that information.
    Ensure that the document covers all the main points of the topic or all the main functions of the product.
    Ensure that the document is consistent, accurate, correct, and complete.
  15. What is another element of visual design that helps readers find information?
    Variations on placement of information
    Consistent placement of information
    Marginal placement of information
    Boxes that set off specific information
  16. What element of visual design invites and motivates reading?
    Right and left justification
    Sparse use of white space
    Sparse use of pheadings and lists
    Liberal use of white space
  17. In a home owner's manual, which of these headings would be the most appropriate to introduce a section on checking for the presence of termites?
    Part One
    Detecting Termites
    What Do Termites Look Like?
    Either a or b
  18. How could you visually distinguish between first and second levels of headings?
    No distinction is necessary.
    Use a larger font for level one headings.
    Use a smaller font for level one headings.
    Either b or c.
  19. When is the best time to make design decisions?
    After the document has been edited.
    After proofreading is complete.
    As early in the production process as possible.
    As early in the planning process as possible.
    Either a or b
  20. Which of the following best explains the meaning of visual design as presented in this chapter?
    Choices that a designer makes about a document including content, organization, and style
    Choices that address the complexity and volume of information, including its storage and retrieval in content management systems
    Process of designing a document to indicate structure, enable readers to locate information, and invite reading
    Process of planning how text and visuals will be arranged on a page, including specifications for type and spacing

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