Jul 25

Links OTW, July 19–25

Positively hilarious and useful stuff in this week’s productivity round-up — a clear theme that emerged from the stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week: accuracy checklists, free macros for editors, and why taking breaks/naps/walks and staring off into space can make you so much more productive. Nailed that one!   [<a …

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Jul 23

Can you speak Canadian summer?

  Has the humidex got you reaching for a pop, dockside at the camp? You might be Canadian. That’s right, according to Only in Canada, You Say, these are uniquely Canadian terms. Explore these and other uniquely Canadian terms for the fine summer time, so you can make wise editorial decisions for your audience; today in my Canadian, Eh? …

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Jul 21

How to Find Out What a Character Is in Word

  Need to get more than this from Word? Wondering what character that really is in your Word document? Has the writer used the proper degree symbol (°) or some hack like superscripting a lowercase o (o)? Today I present two macros to help you in my How To column at Copyediting.com.   Links from the post: ASCII code …

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Jul 16

6 Points for Eliminating Gender Bias in Reporting

  Eliminating gender bias from all word use may be a tall order, but CP16 offers the following guidance. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Photo by Ben Mortimer used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jul 14

How to Find Non-Printing Characters in MS Word

This week in my How To column at Copyediting.com we look at how to find those hidden light-blue non-printing characters using Word’s Find function rather than your tired little eyes. If you have to replace one of these non-printing characters or troubleshoot layout, you’ll be glad to know this find function.   Photo by Paul Inkles used under CC …

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Jul 11

Links OTW, July 5–11

— the stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week. [<a href="//storify.com/sciEditor/links-otw-July-5–11" target="_blank">View the story "Links OTW, July 5–11" on Storify</a>]

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Jul 09

Copy Editing Sports: Advice from CP Style

  I wish this meant fun competition for copy editors, but no: apparently there is some kind of international sports thingy going on right now — if my Facebook feed is any indication. If you haven’t guessed, there is little I am less interested in than organized sports. “Reality” TV shows, perhaps. But since sports are so …

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Jul 07

How to See and Insert Non-Printing Characters in Word

Reveal and insert non-printing characters to control and troubleshoot formatting in MS Word. Do you know what these symbols mean? ¶ · o ? ¬ ¤   Find out today — and learn how to make them, too — in my How To column at Copyediting.com.     Photo by Phil Whitehouse used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jul 04

Links OTW, June 28–July 4

Anti-spam for Can; have your vacations and your clients too; my tap-tap deal breaker; screenwriting tips; and working smarter; getting people to listen — the stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week. Also: make music from an active volcano; temp tattoo paper DIY; recording & sharing your onscreen demos; lungs artfully rendered in …

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Jul 02

Whose punctuation is it, anyway?

  How to decide when punctuation goes inside the quotation marks. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Spoiler: Canadian style favours keeping punctuation inside the quotation marks, unless that changes the speaker’s meaning.     The comma roach is © Dr. Shilland and is used here with his permission.

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