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Style. Technical Editing. Style. “Choices about diction and sentence structure that affect comprehension and emphasis as well as projecting a voice or persona.” (Rude 460). Style. Diction – “the choice of words used in writing and speech” ( Handbook 134)

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Style

Style

Technical Editing


Style1

Style

  • “Choices about diction and sentence structure that affect comprehension and emphasis as well as projecting a voice or persona.” (Rude 460)


Style2

Style

  • Diction – “the choice of words used in writing and speech” (Handbook 134)

  • Sentence structure – “Sentences generally flow from a subject to a verb to any objects, complements, or modifiers, but they can be ordered in a variety of ways to achieve emphasis” (Handbook 509)


Style diction

Style - Diction

  • Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between ‘lightening’ and ‘lightening bug.’ (Handbook 582)

  • It was a productive meeting.

  • (what does that mean?)


Style diction1

Style - Diction

  • The meeting helped both sides understand each other’s positions.

  • (Better, clearly describes the meeting)

  • Resignation letter

    • I am submitting my resignation effective (date); it has been an experience working for you.


Style sentence structure

Style - Sentence Structure

  • Place the subject and verb near the beginning

    • See Rude 259 for a delayed subject

  • Prefer S-V-O or S-V-C word order

    • See Rude 259

  • Use appropriate sentence length

    • See Rude 259-260


Style sentence structure1

Style - Sentence Structure

  • Use “actors” in sentences

    • Rude 260-261

  • Prefer positive constructions

    • Rude 261

      Exercise – “Clear and Concise” and “Deadwood”


Organization

Organization

  • The most important part of this chapter (17) is the discussion of grouping related material

  • Homework (D&A 6, 302) compare


Visual design

Visual Design

  • Contrast

  • Repetition

  • Alignment

  • Proximity

  • C. R. A. P.

    http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec470/graphics/carp/


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