Technical Editing:
Electronic Editing — Rude 6


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  1. Which of the following best summarizes Dayton's research concerning online editing and traditional paper-copy editing?
    Writers and editors prefer online editing significantly over paper-copy editing.
    Writers and editors prefer paper-copy editing significantly over online editing.
    Writers and editors are about even in their preferences for paper-copy editing and online editing.
  2. Which of the following states the advantages of online editing, according to those who advocate it?
    It eliminates the need for writers to manually enter editorial changes.
    It forces technical editors to be far more careful in their edits.
    It increases the accuracy of editors' work.
    It significantly reduces the number of errors that occur in writers' rough drafts.
  3. Which of the following best explains how Microsoft's change-tracking function works?
    It provides handy visual tools that enable the writer to see where the editor has made changes to the writer's document: specifically, change bars in the margin as well as strike-throughs and additions in a different color.
    It produces two versions of the document (the document before the edit and the document after the edit), which the writer can display side by side comparison on the compuer screen. The writer can then copy the agreed-upon editorial changes from the marked-up version of the document to the final verson.
    Deletions are indicated by strike-throughs and additions in a different color; underscored text in a different color; all other changes, change bars in the margin. The writer can view the original, the original and changes together, or the changes-only version and can accept or reject changes.
  4. Probably one of the greatest reasons people resist software implementations like Microsoft's change-tracking function are that:
    They seem obsolete.
    They seem hard to learn and use.
    They do not work well or consistently.
  5. What is the purpose of change tracking?
    To track changes between different versions of the document.
    To track changes to the legacy documents.
    To allow the writer to see changes suggested by the editor.
    To allow the compositor to see changes suggested by the editor.
  6. What is the change tracking function of ATM
    Software marks deletions and insertions.
    Hardware is used to mark deletions and insertions.
    Deletions and insertions are denoted by a tag.
    Tagging deletions and insertions are used to note queries to the writer.
  7. Automatic typographic markup include two basic methods of markup:
    Change tracking and document comparison
    Change tracking and on-screen markup
    Document comparison and on-screen markup
  8. Which of the following explains what happens in document-comparison software applications?
    They provide handy visual tools that enable the writer to see where the editor has made changes to the writer's document: specifically, change bars in the margin as well as strike-throughs and additions in a different color.
    They produce two versions of the document (the document before the edit and the document after the edit), which the writer can display side by side comparison on the compuer screen. The writer can then copy the agreed-upon editorial changes from the marked-up version of the document to the final verson.
    Deletions are indicated by strike-throughs and additions in a different color; underscored text in a different color; all other changes, change bars in the margin. The writer can view the original, the original and changes together, or the changes-only version and can accept or reject changes.
  9. Writers have less control over the final copy when editing is done online because
    Editors are less likely to consult writers.
    Editors make the change directly on the document usually without consulting the writer.
    Writers are more likely to work less collaboratively on online documents.
    Online documents are collaborative efforts, and as a result none of the participants have very much control over the final document.
  10. Which of the following best defines the electronic overlay markup method?
    Editorial changes and queries are entered on a separate layer superimposed over the text; the writer can then accept these changes, which are then automatically entered into the text, while the queries and rejected changes are automatically deleted.
    Editorial changes and queries are entered on a separate layer superimposed over the text; the writer must then enter the agreed-upon changes manually into the actual text.
    Queries from the editor exist in a separate electronic layer superimposed over the text and thus are kept out of the writer's actual text.
    Audio versions of the editor's queries and changes exist in a separate electronic layer superimposed over the text; the writer can listen to each of them, accepting and rejecting changes and considering queries item at a time.
  11. A problem with online editing is that it
    It puts a strain on the collaborative relationship between editor and writer by blurring the writer's ownership of the document.
    It puts a strain on the collaborative relationship between editor and writer by blurring the editor's ownership of the document.
    It causes confusion between the writer and editor over who is responsible for making decisions with respect to style.
    It causes confusion between the writer and editor over who is responsible for making decisions with respect to design.
  12. According to Farkas and Poltrock, online editing encourages heavy-handed editing. What do they mean by "heavy-handed editing"?
    Editors are more likely to over-edit because writers don't have the opportunity to question their decisions.
    Editors are more likely to over-edit because compositors don't have the opportunity to question their decisions.
    Editors are more likely to over-edit because the publisher can't tell who made the choices regarding grammar and style.
  13. What do Farkas and Poltrock say will improve online editing?
    A careful check of the editor's changes by subject matter experts.
    A careful check of the editor's changes by the project manager.
    A markup system that allows editors to make comments in the margins
    A markup system that allows editors to use handwriting to draw traditional copy marks on the text and to write notes.
  14. What does Dayton think about the system changes suggested by Farkas and Poltock?
    They are good ideas.
    They might be good ideas if the technology was available.
    Such applications will never be suitable for broad adoption.
    It will be about five more years before such applications are suitable for broad adoption.
  15. What purpose is served by adding thin vertical lines in the margins to call attention to changes?
    It makes it easier for the writer to find changes.
    It makes it easier for the compositor to find changes.
    It makes it easier for the subject matter expert to find changes.
    It makes it easier for the editor to find changes.



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