We edit systematically
Our structured approach to document services is based on the edit-level methodology developed by NASA and refined for half a century by editors worldwide.
The Levels of Edit is a structured approach to editing that has been tested and refined by generations of editors. Developed at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory shortly after the first moon landing, this flexible structure takes the guesswork out of project management, enabling authors to select exactly the type of edit that meets their specific needs.
The Levels of Edit defines nine categories of functions typically performed by editors, called edit types, which it configures into five cumulative edit levels.
For details, see Edit types and levels.
Based on The Levels of Edit, we offer five standard service modules (Proof, Language Edit, Style Edit, Usability Edit, and Substantive Edit) that can be configured for your particular project. In addition, we offer modular indexing services (Document Index, Master Index, Single-Source Index) and standardization services (Style Guide, Master Glossary).
For details, see Services.
Kurt Ament is a former student of Mary Fran Buehler, co-author of The Levels of Edit.
Technical editor and indexer with over 20 years experience helping leaders in science and industry, such as European XFEL, Hewlett-Packard, and Symantec. Extensive experience developing style guides and master glossaries as well as implementing document management systems and publication databases.
Author of two popular books on technical communication: Single Sourcing: Building Modular Documentation and Indexing: A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide for Technical Writers.