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Chief Technical Editor
As with any job, the technical writer's job demands a number of abilities. In the past, these abilities mainly included writing and illustrating abilities, since large handbooks for printed publishing were the norm in this area. Communication and technological environments developed drastically in the second half of the twentieth and at the beginning of this centuries.
What effect has this development had on the abilities of a technical editor? Typing abilities - Technical writers can never overlook writing abilities. Technical writers still need to be clear and succinct and able to communicate information adequately to a wide range of target groups.
Technique Capabilities - The technical abilities of a technical editor are highly dependent on the topic, products or services that require technical document. There are differences between the technical writer's abilities in terms of hard- and soft-ware documentations. In addition, pharmaceutical and other processing industry sectors have special demands that can be translated into know-how that the technical editor must have.
While a technical editor who is asked to keep records of a developer's manual may need a fairly good command of certain development tools, a technical editor who is charged with keeping records of a weapon defence system may need a high level of technical understanding and a sound understanding of governmental sta gingue.
Know ing the right utensils - Of course, a technical editor must be familiar with computer science because it is used to create documentations in different file-types. Specifically, a company's expertise in FrameMaker, MS Word, MadCap Flare, RoboHelp, and even PageMaker and Quark really does depend on the technical document generation utilities it relies on.
Technical editors, however, are used to the process of studying - it really is what they do, and most are able to learn a new instrument quickly and effectively. Interview and listen - Technical editors need to know how to ask a question. As soon as the technical editor has found the right SME, good attention is needed to gather the necessary information and to know which follow-up issues need to be addressed.
Creative Aptitudes - Valuing the optical can be an important part of the technical writer's work. The first technical documentation did not even just contain the words in writing. Increasingly, technical writers need a feel for graphic arts, formats and illustrative abilities.
These abilities need to be either basic or very sophisticated, according to the organization's needs. Ease of use and test capabilities - A technical editor may also be asked to play an proactive part in the user experience and test. Although he is not asked to take on a part, the technical editor knows that the validating of the document is important - the assurance that the workings of the document are as it is known.
The technical editor is an important part of the user experiences teams in some organisations. This is only a small part of what a technical editor has. A technical writer's abilities differ greatly, according to the technical editor's level of expertise and training.