Documentary Editing, Association for


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Newsletter of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 2, Number 2, May 1980. ISSN 0196-7134


© Association for Documentary Editing, 1980. Used by permission.


The nature of the editor's task frequently forces her to acquire greater knowledge of book production than the normal author, who gladly relinquishes technical worries to the publisher's staff. Necessity is frequently the chief motivating factor and osmosis the method in the editor's acquisition of this esoteric knowledge. Not surprisingly, given the financial resources involved, editors in the commercial sector have been quicker to adopt the latest technology to their tasks than have editors in the low-budget, subsidized, money-losing academic sector. The documentary editor, if she or he hopes _somehow to cope with income evaporation and cost inflation, must familiarize herself with the printing industry's new word processing technology, the phototypesetter and the editing terminal or video display terminal (VDT).