What's editing ?
Thread poster: Julie BEILLE - FOLTZ
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Feb 15, 2005

I've never done that kind of job and I don't know what it entails if you could give me some insight...Thanks in advance.

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xxxNathalieVVT  Identity Verified
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EDITING IS... Feb 15, 2005

Editing is reading through a document and checking the grammar and improving it by rewriting some sentences to improve its style, clarity, etc...

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Nazim Aziz Gokdemir  Identity Verified
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Simply put Feb 15, 2005

ed·it [Irrelevant definitions snipped]

1. To prepare (written material) for publication or presentation, as by correcting, revising, or adapting.

That's the dictionary definition. Variants include copyediting and substantive editing, the latter being more complex. In the translation context, "correcting" a translation is usually called "proofreading." In general, editing involves making more changes than does proofreading; a practitioner of the former concerns himself or herself with tone, flow, lucidity, etc. in addition to grammar and style. The proofreader's job is to make sure there are no errors left in the document.

Someone proofreading a translation, however, usually has the additional responsibility of making sure the translation is faithful and, correct, and comprehensible. You may be required to do some or all of the above if you're asked to edit.

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Helene Diu  Identity Verified
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An editing guideline Feb 16, 2005

Hello Julie,

Here are the some instructions I received from one of my clients. I find them to be very simple and very good in terms of explaining the role and boundaries of editing, which is not always an easy task.

It is always easier to translate than to edit someone else’s writing. Yet we cannot impose our individual writing style on another individual. Therefore, a good editing job focuses on terminology, grammar, syntax and consistency of expression.

My clients give my comments to the translator, who accepts some changes and rejects others.

On top of editing, you can add proofreading, i.e. looking for typos, spelling mistakes etc.

Hope this helps


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