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Technical Editing as Quality Assurance: Adding Value to Content

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After considering the traditional levels-of-edit systems, this article discusses content editing as a quality assurance process. It compares technical editing processes to software testing processes, after providing a brief overview of those software testing processes. This article describes several different content editing activities in the context of three traditional types of editing: comprehensive editing, usability editing, and copy editing. Finally, it issues a call to arms to technical editors to become quality assurance professionals, similar to software testing professionals.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-08-01

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