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Your informational and marketing materials — brochures, correspondence, advertisements, newsletters and websites — create critically important initial impressions about your organization. Written materials that contain inadvertent errors in grammar, word usage, spelling or syntax can damage credibility by creating the perception that an organization is not attentive to details.
Furthermore, verbosity, redundancy and ambiguity can obscure key points and reduce the effectiveness of your messages. EditPros can help. Visit our FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions about what we do.
If you work for a government agency, or for an organization that receives government funding, documents that you produce must comply with federal Section 508 and California AB 434 requirements for universal accessibility. Failure to conform to those standards can lead to charges of discrimination, loss of federal funding and termination of contracts.
Good news: We can format your Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF files for compliance with federal Section 508 and California AB 434 and California Civil Code §51 (Unruh Civil Rights Act) requirements.
Section 508, the Federal Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility and Compliance Act, is a 1998 Congressional amendment to the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The amendment was enacted to help ensure the accessibility of information technology content for people who have disabilities. Updates were adopted in 2017 and 2018 to reflect more recent technological innovations.
California enacted corresponding state-level legislation: Assembly Bill 434 establishing website accessibility standards for state institutions and agencies, and the Unruh Civil Rights Act (California Civil Code, Section 51), applicable to the private sector.
The provisions of Section 508 encompass electronic documents, websites and computer and smartphone applications developed for federal agencies or with government funding. The background explanation involves a lot of acronyms, so hang on. An organization called the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that formulated standards for web browsers and hypertext coding established a Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), which in turn created a series of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines — the WCAG. The U.S. General Services Administration has established a website (https://www.section508.gov) specific to Section 508. It describes the law’s requirements, content creation, training, and methods to test documents to ensure they are compliant.
Why technical standards are necessary
Section 508 provisions were made to attain equity in information technology access for people who have:
- visual impairments, including low vision, blindness or color blindness
- learning disabilities
- cognitive impairments
- hearing-related disabilities
- motor or dexterity impairments
- susceptibility to seizures that can be triggered by flashing or strobing effects
The standards are designed to ensure the compatibility of content and document structure with various types of assistive technology, including screen-reading applications, Braille displays, text-to-speech synthesizers, magnifiers, voice recognition controls and alternative input methods, including head pointers and eye-tracking devices.
MOST SUCCESSFUL organizations communicate frequently and consistently with their clients and prospects. Investment in a marketing communications program can reap significant rewards, but the cost for professional writing staff employees can be considerable. EditPros was conceived specifically for organizations that are closely monitoring personnel costs.
Many of our clients, ranging in size from billion-dollar enterprises to individual business consultants, have appointed us because they're unable to justify any editorial employees on staff. Other clients have chosen us to augment their in-house writing and editing staffs.
They know that while EditPros is on the job for them, we won't be using their electricity, hanging around their water cooler, or costing them in health-care benefits.
WE PRIDE ourselves on responsiveness and rapid turnaround. We're able to achieve efficiency through personal service. EditPros is a compact, closely managed company.
When your scheduled work hits our desk, it's given top priority — not just by an individual, but by a team: EditPros partners Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March. We have worked together since 1985, and we have learned how creativity is enhanced through collaboration.
We'll save you time by saving steps. Our strength is derived from our training in journalistic research and reporting techniques. That, combined with our experience in developing marketing and advertising materials, has made us "quick studies" in gaining an understanding of the needs of individual clients. When you add to that our fluency in electronic publishing technology, book authorship and editorial management, you'll find you can get a great deal done with one phone call to EditPros.
YOUR WRITTEN communications create an indelible impression in the minds of clients and prospects. What you say and how you say it in print can either reinforce or undermine public perceptions. Communicating the right message in the right way takes a special touch: that of a pro.
At EditPros, we scrutinize and proofread each other's writing, because every writer needs an editor. Accordingly, EditPros can help you save face by helping you:
- avoid grammatical and syntactical errors;
- develop a consistent editorial voice;
- attain clarity in your messages.
We're proficient in distilling material of complexity into more easily accessible form. Our fresh vantage point constitutes perhaps the best reason for teaming with EditPros.
Call us at 530-759-2000.
Meet EditPros co-owners Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March.
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