Revision of public information brochures on the basis of reader feedback

Peter Jan Schellens, Menno de Jong

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    The literature on formative text evaluation pays scant attention to the revision phase following data collection. This article describes a small-scale experiment in which five professional writers were asked to revise brochure fragments on the basis of feedback from readers. The feedback consisted of readers' comments, selected from the results of a pretest of the brochures, regarding their acceptance of the information and their appreciation of text elements. Despite the wide variety of solutions that resulted, some interesting tendencies were found: In response to problems with factual acceptance, writers often decided to add information; in response to problems with normative acceptance, they often chose to substitute material; and in response to appreciation problems, they either deleted the problematic passage or substituted a different phrase.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)483-501
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of business and technical communication
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1997


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