Technical Writing: Proofreading Techniques
Note: This course supports Plain Talk principles.
Performance Objectives: Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
- Proofread for major and minor grammatical errors to include pronouns, subject-verb agreement, parallel structure, phrases, modifiers, references, and double negatives.
- Proofread for grammar rules we sometimes break for clarity and reading ease.
- Proofread for proper word choices over the “nearly right” words. Proofread for correct punctuation usage for the ampersand, brackets, bullets, colons, commas, dashes, diagonals, ellipsis, hyphens, parentheses, and semicolons.
- Proofread for accurate plural spelling and dealing with abbreviations.
- Proofread for issues related to regulations and legal documents.
- Proofread for software, revision, textual, and non-text errors.
Competencies covered in the course: Written Communication
Intended Audience: Public sector technical writers; executive and administrative assistants for engineers, researchers, and scientists; technical office staff; and other professionals who proofread a variety of technical documents.