James Abbott McNeill. Whistler's Mother (1871)

This course, Editing Business, Government and Technical Information, is currently being offered as ETWR 2379 (and as POFT 1007 continuing education) at Austin Community College, Austin, Texas. In this course you learn administrative forms and organizational processes for technical editing, both for in-house and freelance; practice proofreading and copyediting (including standard, traditional hardcopy editorial markup and proofreading symbols); review grammar, usage, and punctuation rules; practice substantive (comprehensive) editing; develop portfolio-quality editorial samples; explore methods of editing electronically; and learn how to create style sheets and style guides.

Chicago ruling on internet and email.
TheirFaculty discussion of they/them/their as singular
en vs em dashThey okay
Editor jobs
cleanup for random_assign dirs/memos
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15d8551cbe0606c2

Semester/year Fall 2017
Instructor David McMurrey
Class location & meetings Online class
Office Northridge 4225
Office hours Thursday: Northridge Campus 4225 11:30pm-4:30pm (Always call 512.223.4804 to ensure I'm there.)
Phone 512.223.4804
E-mail davidm@austincc.edu

Week of September 25


When does summer end?
Getting organized. In this first week, take a look at the schedule, policies, objectives, and requirements for this course. Fill out an online questionnaire and write a brief get-acquainted memo that will be posted on our course website so we can all get know each other! We will meet "live" in Adobe WebConnect.
Due dates
Watch the Course overview (use ACCstudent as password). These videos use "call-outs" as opposed to audio. This video is from last year; a few things have changed for this year's course.

Note: You may need to click the Full Screen button to be able to see better and be ready to click the Pause button if things go too fast. If this Mp4 does not work for you, I can generate an MP3 which will. Let me know.
Fill out the questionnaire; your information will be kept confidential. — due Sept. 27
Write the personal memo to introduce yourself to your instructor and the rest of the class. This memo will be password-protected; only our class can see these memos; the password will be your handle. — Sept. 27
See the personal memos.
Set up your edit log. Every time you do an edit, fill out this log: you can watch your efficiency and accuracy improve over the semester. You'll also have a good idea how to estimate editing projects. You'll get credit for the edit log by logging in the data for all your edits for this course. — Sept. 27
Practice edits. Let's see how well you can copyedit "straight out of the box"! Rest assured that the results you enter in your edit log will have absolutely nothing to do with your grades in this course.
Practice edit 1 Let's see how you do on the hikikomori document. Before class, do a copyedit on this document. Here is the link to online meeting room for this week. Let's meet there Wednesday night 6:30 p.m. — Sept. 27
Completed edits Completed edits. I'll post these each week.
Technical editing overview. In this first week of our course, focus on a broad definition of technical editing.
Readings & quizzes Rude Chapter 1. Editing: The Big Picture: quizOct. 1
Rude Chapter 2. Readers, Users, Browsers, Problem Solvers...: quizOct. 1
Item of interest: Read a rather flakey discussion on the irrelevance of punctuation: https://www.truckersforum.net/forum/threads/is-this-the-future-of-punctuation.66828/.

Week of October 2
Grammar, usage, punctuation review. Use the following exercises and learn to recognize and correct some of the most common errors in the editing projects in this course.
Editor's Bootcamp As an editor (and of course as a writer), you simply cannot miss errors like these. — Oct. 8
House 2379 Style. We'll have a number of stylistic requirements in this course. Wherever you edit or write, you'd hope there is a house style. Even though house-style issues seem trivial, the lack of standards for them can cause arguments, lost time digging round for trends in the organization's documents, and generalized anxiety. Here is a link to our house style.
Practice edits. Let's do our standard routine: you edit this week's document before we have our 6:30 Wednesday night meeting. After our meeting, in your edit log, summarize what you missed in your edit log based either on our live or recorded meeting or on the edit I post the next day.
Practice edit 2 First aid and WarningOct. 4
More technical editing overview. Continue focusing on a broad definition of technical editing.
Readings & quizzes Rude Chapter 3. Collaborating with Writers: quizOct. 8
Rude Chapter 24. Management: quizOct. 8
Item of interest: Here is the New York Times's take on nominalizations: Zombie words

Week of October 9
Electronic editing, copyediting, style sheets. This week we continue one of the major focuses of this course: copyediting. That focus will include style sheets and methods for editing online.
Exploring a usage reference. As both an editor and writer—but especially was an editor—you need to be familiar with usage reference books and their usage. This unit gives you some exposure.
Readings & exercises Go to the usage unit and do the readings and exercises there. — Oct. 15
Tutorials Electronic editing: tutorials
Practice edits. Let's do our standard routine: you edit this week's document before we have our 6:30 Wednesday night meeting. After our meeting, in your edit log, summarize what you missed in your edit log based either on our live or recorded meeting or on the edit I post the next day.
Practice edit 3 Nitrogen dioxideOct. 11
Editing markup. Our bread and butter!
Readings & quizzes Rude Chapter 4: Marking Paper Copy: quizOct. 15
Rude Chapter 5: Marking Digital Copy: quizOct. 15
Item of interest: Fun with hardcopy markup: Lesser-known markup symbols

Week of October 16
Highlighting. Highlighting is the use of special typography such as bold, italics, caps, color, or alternate fonts. As we move in to editing documents about computer hardware and software, you will need some background on highlighting.
Readings Highlighting. This chapter present some standard highlighting guidelines.
Practice edits. Let's do our standard routine: you edit this week's document before we have our 6:30 Wednesday night meeting. After our meeting, in your edit log, summarize what you missed in your edit log based either on our live or recorded meeting or on the edit I post the next day.
Practice edit 4 Tablet recommendationOct. 18
Editing quizzes. Editing quiz 1 will be due end of the week. We will continue with the practice edits. For this week, the practice edit will carefully parallel the quiz.
Editing quiz 1 Editing quiz 1Oct. 22
Electronic editing, copyediting, style sheets. We continue with our studies of copyediting and look into style sheets and methods for editing online.
Readings & quizzes I know this amount of reading and quizzes is a lot—especially before a quiz. Do what you can and try to catch up in the following weeks:

Rude Chapter 6. Electronic Editing: quizOct. 22
Rude Chapter 7. Basic Copyediting—An Introduction: quizOct. 22
Rude Chapter 8. Copyediting for Consistency: quizOct. 22
Item of interest: Author–editor relationships: Toaster-Instruction Booklet Author Enraged That Editor Betrayed His Vision.

Week of October 23


Fall is falling!
Copyediting — continued. Review some essential issues for technical editors: spelling, capitalization, abbreviations, grammar and usage.
Exploring Microsoft technical style. If you work in the computer industry either as an editor and writer—but especially was an editor—you need to be familiar with the usage rules stated in Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications. This unit gives you some exposure.
Readings & exercises Go to the MS style unit and do the readings and exercises there. — Oct. 29
Practice edits. Let's do our standard routine: you edit this week's document before we have our 6:30 Wednesday night meeting. After our meeting, in your edit log, summarize what you missed in your edit log based either on our live or recorded meeting or on the edit I post the next day.
Practice edit 5 Selling on eBayOct. 25
Extra practice Copyediting additional practice
Readings & quizzes Rude Chapter 9. Spelling, Capitalization, and Abbreviations: quizOct. 29
Rude Chapter 10. Grammar and Usage: quizOct. 29
Item of interest: The David Foster Wallace family's term "syntax nudnik of our time" (SNOOT) and other language nerdisms: http://www.lawprose.org/blog/?p=806.

Week of October 30
Practice edits. Let's do our standard routine: you edit this week's document before we have our 6:30 Wednesday night meeting. After our meeting, in your edit log, summarize what you missed in your edit log based either on our live or recorded meeting or on the edit I post the next day.
Practice edit 6 Mail mergeNov. 1
Punctuation and proofreading. We'll finish up with the copyediting and proofreading segment of this course with these two chapters from Technical Editing. See if you can explain the difference between copymarking and proofreading!
Readings & quizzes Rude Chapter 11. Punctuation: quizNov. 5
Rude Chapter 13. Proofreading: quizNov. 5
Stylesheets. Learn about how to keep stylesheets (your editorial "calls" on issues where no guidelines can be found) on your individual edits.
Resources Study stylesheets
Practice creating stylesheets. (Use this stylesheet grid or design your own.)
Watch and listen to the stylesheet overview. This sets up style sheets for our first four edits.
Item of interest: Is it that or which? That vs. Which. Provided by dailywritingtips.com. The Comma Queen also weighs in that vs. which.

Week of November 6
Practice edits. Let's do our standard routine: you edit this week's document before we have our 6:30 Wednesday night meeting. After our meeting, in your edit log, summarize what you missed in your edit log based either on our live or recorded meeting or on the edit I post the next day. For this week, the practice edit will carefully parallel the quiz.
Practice edit 7 Dropbox editNov. 8
Quantitative and technical material. Read the Rude chapter on editing quantitative and technical material and take the quiz. We will probably not do any of the exercises from that chapter. Instead, we'll probably catch up with studies from the preceding week and review for the exam.
Readings & quizzes Rude Chapter 12. Quantitative and Technical Material: quizNov. 12
Rude Chapter 23. Type and Production: quizNov. 12
Item of interest: Is it okay to use contractions? Lynn Gaertner-Johnson has a good discussion: Don't Use Contractions?.

Week of November 13
Editing quizzes. Editing quiz 2 will be due end of the week. We will continue with the practice edits. For this week, the practice edit will carefully parallel the quiz.
Editing quiz 2 Editing quiz 2Nov. 19
Comprehensive editing. This week we begin studying and practicing the business of comprehensive editing, as defined in Technical Editing.
Readings & quizzes Rude Chapter 14. Comprehensive Editing: Definition and Process: quizNov. 19
Rude Chapter 15. Style: Definition and Sentence Structures: quizNov. 19
Rude Chapter 16. Style: Verbs and Other Words: quizNov. 19
Code-style markup. Let's go over a simpler system of indicating fonts, margins, and alignment. You'll see a demo of how to use some type specs to mark up a document with codes that tell the type setter (human or program) how to set up the document for publication.
Coding & examples Overview of code-style markup. Read all about it.
Serious code. Frightening, huh? We'll use something simpler.
Example coding markup.Tell David to get a better code-markup example! Do a video w/overview of codes Here is an example. (See the specs for this markup.)
Example coding markup. Here's a "real world" example.
Coding practice Coding-practice document. Type-code this document using these specs, and send it to your instructor — Nov. 15
Practice edits. This edit is quite diffferent from what we have done to this point. Now we are focusing on comprehensive editing. I havee cleaned up most of the obvious copyediting errors so that we can focus on organization, content, and transition problems. Work on this documentbefore we have our 6:30 Wednesay night meeting; summarize your most troublesome errors in the comment box of your edit log.
Practice edit 8 Recommendation: kindergarten softwareNov. 15
Item of interest: The Seven (Bogus) Nevers of Writing: 7 Grammatical Errors That Aren't. Provided by dailywritingtips.com.

Week of November 20
Note: Notice that we are departing from our usual practice of Wednesday and Sunday due dates in deference to Thanksgiving!
Comprehensive editing — continued. This week, get some ideas about how to edit for potential organizational problems and the overall visual design of a document.
Readings & quizzes Rude Chapter 17. Organization: quizNov. 22
Rude Chapter 18. Visual Design: quizNov. 22
McMurrey, Page design. Read about headings, lists, notices, and highlighting in the online textbook, and take the quizNov. 22
Fun stuff Colon News. Fast-breaking, up-to-the-minute news from the constantly changing world of colons!
Problem modifiers. Even editors can have fun . . . twisted though it may be.
Expensive comma error. Interesting STC article, although I don't get it.
Editor summary memo or letter. This is the kind of summary you'd include with your edit markup.
Readings & examples Writing edit summaries. How to write the edit summary for a comprehensive edit (a requirement on the final project in this course).
Example edit summary. A nice example of what we are shooting for here.
Exercises Practice review letter. Write an edit summary on documents such as this one, the infamous "open heart surgery" document, and post them on the web page available at this link. — Dec. 6
(in-class)
Practice edits. Considering that this Wednesday is the day before Thanksgiving and that a lot of people will be headed out of town, I will record this edit on my own and make it available this week. Please edit this document before watching the video, and send your edit to me. Remember to summarize your most troublesome errors in the comment box of your edit log.
Practice edit 9 RSS explainedNov. 26
Item of interest: What's the deal with affect and effect? Affect vs. Effect. Provided by dailywritingtips.com. And while you are there, check out Archives for the "Misused Words" Category.

Week of November 27


Halloween is the 31st!
Editing quizzes. Editing quiz 3 will be due end of the week. We will continue with the practice edits. For this week, the practice edit will carefully parallel the quiz.
Editing quiz 3 Editing quiz 3Dec. 10
Comprehensive editing — continued. Let's continue our work in comprehensive editing by exploring how to edit graphics and online documents.
Readings & quizzes Rude Chapter 19. Illustrations: quiz — due Nov. 30
Practice edits. Let's do our standard routine: you edit this week's document before we have our 6:30 Wednesday night meeting; summarize your most troublesome errors in the comment box of your edit log.
Practice edit 10 Brewing espressoNov. 30
Item of interest: How to use i.e. and e.g.: I.e. Versus E.g. Of course, some styles say to avoid these two things altogether.

Week of December 4
Practice edits. In our meeting this week, we will practice writing edit summaries, including the item from the wee of Oct. 24 (open-heart surgery).
Big issues for technical editors. Consider how an editor must take global contexts into account as well as ethical and legal issues.
Readings & quizzes Rude Chapter 20. Editing in Global Contexts: quizDec. 11
Rude Chapter 22. Legal and Ethical Issues in Editing: quizDec. 11
Items of interest: Left over from when this was a 16-week course:
Week of December 11
Informal course evaluation Course evaluation form


Winter starts next week . . somewhere.