Category Archive: copy editing

May 11

How to Preserve Voice (and Recognize it, Too)

Tweet this quote.“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. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 06

Public Service Commission Style Guide

Tweet this quote.Take a glimpse at one of the freely available Canadian style guidesToday, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Read select points from the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) style guide used together with the PSC Glossary and The Canadian Style (also available free online: The Canadian Style) by departments within the PSC and any of their contractors.  Read the rest of this entry »

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May 04

Learn to Assess Visuals

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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Apr 29

Editing the Visuals, with ECE Editors

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.

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Apr 28

Graph Guidelines

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

Type of Graph Best Uses
Linegraph line plot example Best Uses: Changes over time (or any continual measure, such as size)Poor Use: (example) Many people’s test results
Pie / circlepie chart example Best Uses: Compare parts of a wholePoor Use: Individual percentages or unrelated data, totals more than 100%
Barbar graph example Best Uses: Compare different groupsPoor Use: Changes over time
X-Y / scatterscatter plot (x-y graph) example Best Uses: Pattern in relationship between variables, with discrete data pointsPoor Use: Percentages
Areaarea graph example Best Uses: Compare changes in related groups within a categoryPoor Use: Unrealated categories

Variables

Dependent and independent variables and why the difference matters.

Resources

Editing by Design, Jan White, pp. 159–162, 168.

What each type of graph is used for.

Statistics Canada’s guidelines for graphs

 

Sources of samples: line graph author’s original, pie chartbar graphscatter plotarea chart

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Apr 21

Editing Visual Components

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.

illustration of man laying water tiles over a desert

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


 

Checklists

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Apr 08

Canadian Punctuation with Periods, Eh?

Tweet this post.Full stop, point, period, dot, or not—using punctuation the Canadian way. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

Punctuating Requests and Indirect Questions

Tweet this quote.Question marks can be optional, eh? The Canadian Style (guide) shows us that sometimes questioning words are actually forming a command, request, or indirect question, contraindicating the use of a question mark. Today, in my regularly scheduled Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 04

Commas with Conjunctions are Canadian, Eh?

Tweet this post.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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 04

It’s about More Than –our, Eh? Canadian Spelling Update

Tweet this post.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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