Ten Characteristics of a Good Technical Editor

In no particular order,

  • Knows the difference between big picture and details
  • Advocates for the document’s audience
  • Exercises critical thinking
  • Knows the difference between copy editing and technical editing
  • Knows the difference between content and design
  • Maintains communication with clients and other stakeholders
  • Maintains style and tone of documents
  • Can distinguish technical jargon from effective writing
  • Edits according to established practices and style guides (i.e., is not arbritrary)
  • Works with writers and subject matter experts in a collaborative and respectful manner