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PenMan’s technical documents provide information that readers need to make decisions or complete tasks. Our technical editors ensure that this information is presented in a way that facilitates the reader’s understanding. Ultimately, the editor is responsible for the comprehensibility of the document.
Editors are involved in all PenMan projects. Our technical editors offer suggestions for improvement in design of both content and layout and work with the document in both early and late stages.
In addition to their overall responsibilities, they may consult with our writers and designers regarding wording of headings, figure and table captions, page breaks, and index and glossary entries and graphics.
Editors may be involved in the actual development of the material, particularly its logical order and structure. Once the document has been drafted, they check for coherence, completeness and correctness. Of course the editor is also responsible for performing all reviewing, editing and rewriting of content for correct word usage, grammar and overall tone.
PenMan editors common responsibilities include:
- Advising (sometimes teaching) writers regarding graphics, wording of headings, figure and table captions, page breaks, and index and glossary entries
- Assisting with translations, usually in the idiomatic expression in English of technical concepts
- Assisting writers in developing material, particularly its logical order and structure
- Checking for coherence
- Confirming completeness and correctness
- Responsible for comprehensibility
- Coordinating the production of several documents on one product (often written by different people)
- Determining the suitability of material for the target audience
- Editing copy written by a person unskilled in English
- Editing for technical content
- Fixing problems in files, including layout
- Reviewing for gender-neutral style
- Getting involved in a writing project from the planning stage through to completion
- Final illustrations
- Overall organization
- Organizing reviews of material for technical accuracy
- Performing whatever levels of edit are necessary
- Planning (or assisting in planning) the documents necessary for a project: Content, cost, timing, and other resource requirements
- Final presentation
- Producing a final camera-ready copy or the electronic equivalent; liaise with printers or Web site developers; examine and approve page proofs or electronic equivalents
- Resolve associated problems
- Provide additional or missing material
- Retrievability (index, table of contents)
- Reviewing, edit, and rewrite all copy as necessary
- Set and enforce standards for the company’s publications and for a particular project
- Supervising graphic artists and editorial assistants
- Testing written procedures against the product (software or hardware)
- Overall tone
- Word usage