Technical Editing:
Copyediting for Consistency — Rude 8

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  1. Which of the following defines what consistency means in this chapter?
    Treating the same text, the same type of text, or the same illustration uniformly throughout a document.
    Ensuring standard, well-established correctness of grammmar, usage, and punctuation throughout a document.
    Designing a document such that readers can use and understand it easily, anticipating how it is organized.
  2. Which of the following is an example of how consistency provides useful and helpful information to readers?
    Using numbered lists throughout a document to make the document look well-designed, professional, and attractive from a graphic design point of view.
    Using numbered lists throughout a document to make text in the document less dense and create more white space, thus cutting down on eye strain.
    Using numbered lists throughout a document for sequences of actions so that users will know that these are actions they must perform.
  3. Referring to an interface element as a "toggle switch" in one paragraph and as an "on-off switch" in another is an example of inconsistency in:
    Syntax
    Semantics
    Style
    Typography
  4. This string of words, "dangling modifiers, split infinitives, and whether they are parallel in phrasing," contains an inconsistency in
    Syntax
    Semantics
    Style
    Typography
  5. Mixing formal and informal language in a documents creates inconsistency in
    Syntax
    Semantics
    Style
    Typography
  6. Shifting between referring to the user as "the user" and "you" is called:
    Shift in syntax
    Shift in number
    Shift in person
    Shift in semantics
  7. What are a copyeditor's responsibilities regarding visual consistency?
    To ensure that the document is well designed from a graphic-design point of view.
    To ensure that things like fonts, spacing, and color are used consistently in a document.
    To ensure proper planning and design of things like fonts, spacing, and color for a document.
    To ensure that the components of a document (title page, edition notice, TOC, index, etc.) are included and sequenced properly in a document.
  8. Why is consistency of screen design in an online document important?
    It helps readers to reduce overly dense text on the screen.
    It helps readers to understand the purpose of the links more readily.
    It helps readers to use the links more efficiently.
    It helps readers use screens more efficiently.
  9. As you copyedit a document, you notice that the writer uses two spellings for the same word, "judgement" and "judgment." What do you do?
    You look up the words in a dictionary to determine if these two spellings are acceptable and then recommend one to the writer.
    You look up the words in a thesaurus to decide if the are any synonyms that you can substitute for the word.
    You ignore the inconsistency because both forms are acceptable.
    You ignore the inconsistency because saying something would interfere with the writer/editor collaboration.
  10. What is a style manual?
    A guide that enables writers and editors to achieve consistency when choosing from among variables in language.
    A guide that enables writers and editors to achieve consistency when choosing from among variables in visual presentation.
    A guide that enables writers and editors to make correct choices involving grammar, usage, and punctuation.
    a and b.
    a and c.
    b and c.
  11. What is the difference between a comprehensive and disciplinary style manual.
    A disciplinary manual is used to correct writers' mistakes; a comprehensive manual, to instruct writers.
    A comprehensive manual covers style choices applying to any publishing situation; a disciplinary manual covers style choices relating to a specific field of study or practice.
    A disciplinary manual covers style choices applying to any publishing situation; a comprehensive manual covers style choices relating to a specific field of study or practice.
    A disciplinary manual is used to instruct writers; a comprehensive manual, to correct writer's mistakes.
  12. What is the function of a style sheet?
    It enables you to remember your editorial choices and to apply them consistently throughout an edit of a document.
    It enables you to remember your editorial choices and to apply them consistently in all your edits for an organization.
    It enables you to remember the writer's errors so that you can be alert to them in future edits.
  13. How does a document style sheet differ from a style manual?
    A style sheet specifies style choices for a single document while a style manual specifies style choices for a broad range of publishing situations.
    A style sheet specifies style choices for a broad range of publishing situations while a style manual specifies style choices for a single document.
    The terms are used interchangeably: there isn't much difference except that the style sheet may be a little shorter.
    The terms are used interchangeably: there isn't much difference except that the style manual may be a little shorter.
  14. Read the "ignitron" passage of exercise 3. How would you determine whether the phrase "ignitron tubes" should be capitalized?
    Search for the term in electronics dictionaries and encyclopedias to see if it is a standard part not requiring capitalization.
    Search for the term in electronics product catalogs to see if it is a formal trademarked product name requiring capitalization.
    Ask an electronics expert which is correct.
    It doesn't matter as long as you capitalize it consistently throughout.
    a and b.
    None of the above.
  15. Referring to a switch position as "on" and on (with and without quotation marks) in the same document is an example of:
    Grammatical inconsistency
    Layout inconsistency.
    Style inconsistency
    Semantic inconsistency
  16. If you wanted to specify that "left-click" should be hyphenated when used as a verb, how would you show it in a style sheet?
    left-click (hyph. as verb)
    left-click (vb.)
    left click (vb.)
    left click (hyph. as vb.)
  17. If you wanted to specify that "print out" should be written as two separate words when used as a verb, how would you show it in a style sheet?
    print out (vb.)
    print out (when used as verb)
    print out (verb)
    print out
  18. If you wanted to specify that "printout" should be written solid when used as a noun and adjective, how would you show it in a style sheet?
    printout (n., adj.)
    printout (not verb)
    printout
  19. When you check for structural consistency, what kinds of problems are you looking for?
    Potential difficulties in finding information or understanding it once it is found.
    Incorrect content of the essential parts of a document (for example, including definitions of terms in an index or page references in a glossary).
    Missing parts of the document (such as edition notice or index) or incorrect sequencing of the parts.
  20. Who was it that said "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"?
    William Shakespeare
    George Bernard Shaw
    Ralph Waldo Emerson


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