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by Mary Donnelly

The Techniques website has been redesigned and updated. The colors of the homepage and links are purple and gold, the colors of Minnesota State University, Mankato. A picture of the campus has also been added to the homepage. A banner has been added which carries over to each secondary link of the Techniques website. You can view the Techniques website at ww.krypton.mankato. msus.techniques/. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the online editor, Mary Donnelly.

Software Review: Adobe Acrobat Reader
by Mary Donnelly

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free software program that lets the user view and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files and submit PDF forms online. PDF is a file format that lets the user view and print a file exactly as the author designed it, without needing the same software application. The same fonts and styles used by the author are not required to see a PDF file; therefore, all the formatting the author applied to the document will remain intact.

Acrobat Reader is available for many computer platforms including the following: Mac OS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and UNIX. In Windows and Mac OS, Acrobat Reader is available in the following languages:Chinese,Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish.

A free copy of Acrobat Reader may be downloaded from any of the following Internet locations:

Book Review: Technical Editing
by Krista Schmidt

Technical Editing by Carolyn Rude (1998) is designed not only for graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in technical communication courses, but also for professional technical communicators. Throughout this book, students can learn principles for information display and traditional editorial responsibilities, including grammar, punctuation, and style. Professionals can continue their education by updating or upgrading their editing and communication abilities.

According to Rude (1998), this second edition has "been updated to incorporate changes in technology and the global marketplace" (p. xxiii). New chapters include editing online documents, and emphasize legal and ethical issues.

The book is divided into four parts.

Both theory and practice move the reader along to assignments and activities following each chapter. These activities are suited for both the classroom and the self-guided professional.

Next time a question arises about the difference between copyediting marks and proofreading marks, check out what Rude says in the Second Edition of Technical Editing.


Rude, C. D. 1998. Technical Editing. 2nd ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

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