Adrienne (scieditor)

Author's details

Name: Adrienne (scieditor)
Date registered: May 25, 2011
URL: http://www.catchthesun.net

Biography

An editor of words, mostly those in instructional materials — and mostly on technical subjects such as science.

Latest posts

  1. How to Find Out What a Character Is in Word — July 21, 2014
  2. 6 Points for Eliminating Gender Bias in Reporting — July 16, 2014
  3. How to Find Non-Printing Characters in MS Word — July 14, 2014
  4. Links OTW, July 5–11 — July 11, 2014
  5. Copy Editing Sports: Advice from CP Style — July 9, 2014

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Author's posts listings

Jul 21

How to Find Out What a Character Is in Word

Screen Shot of Word 11's reveal character formatting Mac

 

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:

 

Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

Thanks to the anonymous commenter who asked this question on last week’s post about finding non-printing characters. It was an excellent prompt regarding a very useful thing for us technical editors to know.

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Jul 16

6 Points for Eliminating Gender Bias in Reporting

photo of mini cardboard figurines with high-top shoes by Ben Mortimer used under CC BY-2.0 license

 

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.

Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on 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

Baby with a laptop

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.

Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Paul Inkles used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jul 11

Links OTW, July 5–11

— the stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week.

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Jul 09

Copy Editing Sports: Advice from CP Style

Photo of shoeless children playing soccer in the dirt  by Danumrthi Mahendra used under CC BY-2.0 license.

 

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 popular, I thought I’d check out what advice The Canadian Press Stylebook had to give about copy editing sports stories.

Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

 

Seriously, whenever I read a sports analogy, I have to think “oh, that has something to do with sports. I wonder if it means it’s a good thing or a bad thing.” I may be in the minority, but please do consider your audience when you choose to use analogies. In exchange, I promise never to edit anything to do with sports.

 

Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Danumrthi Mahendra used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jul 07

How to See and Insert Non-Printing Characters in Word

Photo of a "turn right" arrow on a road, by road arrow by Phil Whitehouse used under CC BY-2.0 license.

Reveal and insert non-printing characters to control and troubleshoot formatting in MS Word. Do you know what these symbols mean?

non-breaking space character from Word Mac 11¶ · o ? ¬ ¤

 

Find out today — and learn how to make them, too — in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

Link to my columns on 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 sand; success story of tapping into that “planned happenstance” I wrote about before, plus a related life hack using your password to change your life; and why talking to strangers may save society.

Is it still hot? Yes. Yes, it is. I was doing crafts in the park and the hot glue sticks started melting together.

 


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Jul 02

Whose punctuation is it, anyway?

roach (bug) made of commas

 

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.

 

Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

 

The comma roach is © Dr. Shilland and is used here with his permission.

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Jun 30

How to have your vacation and clients too

Earth beach ball exploding up from water, with overlay of titleIt’s vacation season. How do you manage clients’ expectations that you’ll be available whenever they want you? Six ideas today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

“With Canadians taking Monday and Tuesday off and US workers taking Friday off, it hardly seems worth making the effort for Wednesday and Thursday. What say we just call it and all start our summers with a full week of relaxing. Ok? Okay.”

A final point of procedure

Clients don’t need to know what you’re up to unless you are particularly chummy or looking for that kind of relationship. You are simply “out of the office.” Unless you are going to a skill-building conference and want to show that off. Then definitely tell clients why you’re being so selfish with your time.
Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Nattu used under CC BY-2.0 license, with title overlay by Dawn McIlvain Stahl at Copyediting.com.

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Jun 27

Links OTW, June 21–27

Google's servers with blue LED status lights
Amazing stuff from the interwebs this week. A little lighter than it has been. I blame “summer vacation.” So long productivity until a couple months prior to the xmas productivity loss.
Also, I’m too hot.
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