Technical Communication:
Working with an Editor (Read Me First! 11)


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This quiz is based on Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry by Sun Technical Publications (Prentice-Hall, 2003). ISBN: 0-13-142899-3.

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  1. Which of the following set of characteristics best defines technical editors as opposed to editors in general?
    Technical editors manage the process of developing technical documents—from the assignment of writers to individual documents, through the setting of due dates for reviews, to the dates for the tasks and personnel involved in final release and ship.
    Technical editors oversee the consistency of punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, acronyms, grammatical correctness, and proper use of product and trademarked names as well as adherence to house-style guideliness in these same areas.
    Technical editors use target audiences' background to advise writers as to technical content and depth of their documents.

  2. If your editor found cross-references that were unnecessary for your document's audience and purpose, which type of edit would that editor be doing?
    Developmental editing
    Copy editing
    Proofreading

  3. If your editor recommended that you delete from your document information that was unnecessary for your document's audience and purpose, which type of edit would that editor be doing?
    Developmental editing
    Copy editing
    Proofreading

  4. If your editor recommended that you make some of the headings in your document information clearer and more descriptive, which type of edit would that editor be doing?
    Developmental editing
    Copy editing
    Proofreading
    Developmental editing and copy editing
    Copy editing and proofreading
    Developmental editing and proofreading
    Developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading

  5. If your editor found that in some instances your document was not using commas and capital letters consistently or according to house style, which type of edit would that editor be doing?
    Developmental editing
    Copy editing
    Proofreading

  6. Which of the follow defines the beta phase of a development cycle and states which type of edit is most appropriate for that phase?
    That phase at which the product is ready to ship to customers; developmental edit
    That phase at which the product is ready to ship to customers; copy edit
    That phase at which the product is ready to ship to customers; proofread
    That phase at which the product is more or less stable (over midway through its development process); developmental edit
    That phase at which the product is more or less stable (over midway through its development process); proofread
    That phase at which the product is more or less stable (over midway through its development process); copy edit
    That phase at which the product is in its early stages of development; copy edit
    That phase at which the product is in its early stages of development; developmental edit
    That phase at which the product is in its early stages of development; proofread

  7. Which of the follow defines the alpha phase of a development cycle and states which type of edit is most appropriate for that phase?
    That phase at which the product is ready to ship to customers; developmental edit
    That phase at which the product is ready to ship to customers; copy edit
    That phase at which the product is ready to ship to customers; proofread
    That phase at which the product is more or less stable (over midway through its development process); developmental edit
    That phase at which the product is more or less stable (over midway through its development process); proofread
    That phase at which the product is more or less stable (over midway through its development process); copy edit
    That phase at which the product is in its early stages of development; copy edit
    That phase at which the product is in its early stages of development; developmental edit
    That phase at which the product is in its early stages of development; proofread

  8. Which of the follow defines the pre-final release phase of a development cycle and states which type of edit is most appropriate for that phase?
    That phase at which the product is ready to ship to customers; developmental edit
    That phase at which the product is ready to ship to customers; copy edit
    That phase at which the product is ready to ship to customers; proofread
    That phase at which the product is more or less stable (over midway through its development process); developmental edit
    That phase at which the product is more or less stable (over midway through its development process); proofread
    That phase at which the product is more or less stable (over midway through its development process); copy edit
    That phase at which the product is in its early stages of development; copy edit
    That phase at which the product is in its early stages of development; developmental edit
    That phase at which the product is in its early stages of development; proofread

  9. Which of the following best explains how editors use style sheets?
    Style sheets state general house style guidelines on things like punctuation, hyphenation, capitalization, appropriate use of acronyms and abbreviations, numbers, terminology, and special spellings.
    Style sheets record specific decisions made during a document edit concerning issues such as punctuation, hyphenation, capitalization, appropriate use of acronyms and abbreviations, numbers, terminology, and special spellings.
    A style sheet is a record (kept by an editor during a document edit) that lists specific errors made by the writer concerning issues such as punctuation, hyphenation, capitalization, appropriate use of acronyms and abbreviations, numbers, terminology, and special spellings.

  10. Which of the following sentences contains a predicate adjective that is italicized?
    When you use the TrackPoint, you may notice the cursor drifts. This is not a defect.
    On ThinkPad i Series 1400 computers, the CD-ROM drive is built in.
    When you use the TrackPoint, you may notice the cursor drifts. This is not a defect.
    On ThinkPad i Series 1400 computers, the CD-ROM drive is built in.


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