Meeting 8/28/03Sue Kocher, Michelle Corbin, and Diane Feldman reported on their experiences at the STC Annual Conference.
Sue began with her overall impressions, followed by reports on two sessions she found especially interesting: a panel discussion, Emerging Trends and Technologies, and Using Metrics to Tell Your Story presented by De Murr, “Imagineer” at Disney. Click here to read her report.
Michelle presented summaries of some sessions she attended on Information Design, Technical Documentation Quality, and Changing the Standards of Technical Documentation. Her reports (in PDF) is attached to this page.
Diane reported on a session on Sentence Diagramming. The presenter’s thesis was that the practice of diagramming sentences improves a writer’s (and editor’s) knowledge and understanding of the parts of speech, their relationships, and effective and clear sentence structure.
These presentations and the ensuing discussions produced several potential topics; for instance:
- Is it necessary to be a technical writer before becoming a technical editor?
- Justifying the editor's existence to the writers and managers.
- Metrics for the editor and/or the writer.
- Editing PDFs with Adobe Acrobat.
- Working in the same departments with the developers (or other primary resource people): Pros and cons.
- Criteria for document quality and how they help editors help writers.
- Who do you work for? The reader? The writer? The boss?
- Parts of speech: A primer.
- Editing materials from *resources* for whom English is a second language.
- Editing materials from *readers* for whom English is a second language.