Technical Editing:
Readers, Users, Browsers, Problem Solvers... — Rude 2

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  1. As an editor, the most important people to whom you owe responsibility are which of the following?
  2. Readers do not read technical information for which of the following?
    To learn how to do something
    To find out who the murderer was
    To solve a problem
    To learn something new
  3. Which of the following is not an aspect of a document's situation?
    How well the product described by the document performs
    How the document addresses readers' need
    How much time and budget can be allocated to the document's production
    How readers will use the document
    How readers' culture will affect their perception of the document
    Whether readers need special accommodations to use the document
  4. Which of the following best identifies Hmong?
    It is a typo.
    It is a textual variable that did not get resolved.
    It is a group of South East Asia languages.
    It is Asian chowder dish made with fish.
  5. Which of the following defines what the authors mean by the impact of a document?
    What readers are expected to feel, do, or think as a result of reading the document
    How many resources the document will require in its development
    How much time the document will require in its development
    How many people the document will require in its development
  6. What turned out to be the biggest problem with the newsletter to college alumni?
    It was too technical, too hard to read.
    It was totally boring.
    It had no attractive graphics.
    It did not define a key term.
  7. In this chapter, accessibility refers to which of the following??
    Whether a document can be used by readers with impairments
    Whether readers can quickly find the information that they need in a document
    Whether readers can understand the document
    Whether the document is designed so that readers can read selectively
  8. A table of contents, headings, color, and index are examples of which of the following?
    Navigational devices
    Verbal signals
    Forecasting statements
  9. Which of the following best defines forecasting statement as the term is used in this chapter?
    It is a type of statement commonly found in highly technical meteorological documents.
    It previews the topics to be covered in a document as a whole or in a subsection of a document.
    It is a statement that indicates the expertise and background that readers need in order to understand a document.
    It is a statement that establishes the purpose of a document.
  10. Which of the following would be an example of a usability review or test?
    You observe readers reading a document and ask them to verbalize what they are thinking as they do so.
    You ask product developers to read your document to see if it is usable.
    You observe readers typical of your audience using your document to see what problems they have.
    You interview typical readers to find out how they use the information and what their tasks or goals are in relation.

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