English 475 Editing Technical Publications What’s this course all about? Editing the content, organization, format, style, and mechanics of documents Managing the production cycle of documents Discovering and learning microcomputer software applications for technical editing tasks What will I learn? How to edit a variety of types of documents found in many work settings: Policies and procedures Newsletters or brochures Reports Documentation Manuscripts Copyediting skills, with emphasis on Spelling Capitalization Grammar Punctuation What will I learn? Substantive editing skills with emphasis on: Style Organization Format Computer-assisted writing and editing skills, online editing abilities, and how to use software appropriate to such tasks What skills will I develop? Collaborative writing and editing strategies Critical thinking Creative thinking Problem-solving skills Familiarity with research on technical editing and technical books useful to the technical editor What skills will I develop? Competency in editing tasks involving markup languages Documentation skills Production management skills What equipment do I need? For PC and Mac Users… A working email address 56 kbps modem, DSL or Cable Internet connection via an Internet Service Provider (MSN, Charter, EarthLink, Net Zero, etc) Internet Explorer 5.0 through 6 with Service Pack or Netscape Navigator with: Java Adobe Acrobat Real One Player Flash Player Monitor capable of 800 X 600 resolution Sound Card and speakers/headphones CD drive, DVD Drive, or CD-RW drive And… What equipment do I need? For PC… Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP Microsoft Office 97, 2000, XP, or 2003 (Standard Version includes at least Word, PowerPoint, Excel) For Mac… OS 9 or OS X Microsoft Office: Mac, v.X Standard Version includes at least Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Want to take English 475? Check the Technical Communication Schedule for dates and times. Prospective online students, read the Online Course FAQ & Instructions.
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