“Preserve the author’s voice,” editors are commonly told. But what IS voice? How to recognize the author’s voice and preserve it when style guidelines allow. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.
Category Archive: copy editing
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Some resources that will help you learn to assess visuals for their ability to communicate and their suitability to the medium. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, so that you can meet the professional standards of Editors’ Canada: “Recognize when graphic elements must be edited to clearly and effectively convey the intended meaning.”
Get a printable, multi-stage checklist for editing visuals and even more resources to help you learn to assess visuals.
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How are the word specialists (editors) supposed to know if a visual communicates its intended meaning? Advice from the contributors of ECE3 today — in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com — on how to edit visuals to meet the professional standards of Editors’ Canada.
Get a printable, multi-stage checklist for editing visuals.
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Graphs can quickly convey relationships and trends between and among data in ways that a data table or text narrative struggles to achieve.
Each type of graph has a purpose that it is best suited for.
Some have purposes they should never be used for.
Editors who know these principles can more effectively ensure that the graphs suit their intended purpose and fit scientific and mathematical standards for data communication.
This is a round-up of advice and resources explaining the best practices (and some pitfalls) for data presented in graph form.
Pitfalls of Graphs
- Exaggerated scale (affects perception of line slope / change over time)
- Scale doesn’t start at zero (affects perception of scale of change)
- Type doesn’t suit data (implies relationships that don’t exist)
Types of Graphs and Their Best Uses
Editing by Design, Jan White, pp. 159–162, 168.
Statistics Canada’s guidelines for graphs
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Visuals aren’t just those pretty things that push the words aside. Graphs, charts, diagrams, photos, and other illustrations help readers make sense of complex ideas. They help the reader orient to the text, and address visual and spacial learners that might be left behind by words alone.
Editors at various stages of manuscript development and quality assurance must comment on the visual elements of the product. Below you will find checklists of things that should be checked and flagged at each stage, and resources for learning more about effective visual communication.
These resources are presented in answer to Professional Editorial Standards requirement C5: that editors “Recognize when graphic elements must be edited to clearly and effectively convey the intended meaning,” with recommendations made by my colleagues in both editorial and design. Specific hat tips appear at the bottom.
Get practice giving the kinds of editorial feedback required for visuals at each stage of the manuscript/ product development. Come hear Cheryl and Adrienne in person:
June 12 at the Editing Goes Global conference in Toronto
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Today, in my special Canadian, Eh? post for National Grammar Day, at Copyediting.com, I look at the role of commas when conjunctions join independent clauses.
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Author of the latest guide to Canadian spelling, Elizabeth d’Anjou, talks to me today about what she found out when researching the related chapter for the about-to-be-released (online only) Editing Canadian English. We talked about a lot more spelling issues that I could cover in a single post, so watch for more in future Canadian, Eh? columns at Copyediting.com.
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