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Tamsin Stanford - Masters Thesis, 2005:
The role of the editor has long been recognised as a vital part of the print publishing process. However, the World Wide Web offers a new publishing medium that may require a new approach to content and standards of language use.
While previous studies have assessed responses towards language errors in print, the success of organisational websites in communicating, and the differences between print and website writing, little research has been conducted into perceptions of users about the editor’s role in publishing website content.
This thesis investigates whether the way communications professionals working in the non-profit and public sectors perceive website content may suggest that the editor’s role is changing. Based on these perceptions, it considers what the impact might be on standards of language in Web publishing.