Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, Greeked text so garbled that even Cicero would roll in his grave:
Category Archive: proofreading
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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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I just discovered something so simple and effective that my jaw literally dropped. To proof file names (or create a list for transmittal):
- Open your file browser (Finder or My Documents)
- Select all files (? + a)
- Copy using ? + c (ctrl + c for Windows users)
- Open a blank text file. Word will do.
- Paste using ? + v
Presto. Now you have access to all of your usual copy editing tools. Run your macros, your spellcheck, your consistency checker. Just remember to turn on Track Changes so you can transcribe those fixes to the file names themselves.
Make the spellchecker work on the final word by ditching all the file extensions (.jpg, .doc, etc.). Just search for the file extension (with preceding period) and replace with nothing.
Why this Helps
Some products I edit are electronic. The files I transmit are the final ones that will be burned to a disk (old-school) or uploaded to a content management system (CMS). File names are as important as chapter titles. My check caught some transposed letters (typos). Win!
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Changing the background colour of your document can trick your brain into seeing the words in a whole new way. People with reading disabilities (such as dyslexia) have had great success with this hack. To change the colour, you can use
- a sheet of coloured acetate
- coloured glasses
- background colour of the onscreen doc
- a coloured ruler
How a Ruler Can Trick Your Brain
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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 list
- Unicode explained
- Word MVP site
- Word Tips site
- and this huge table of Unicode characters
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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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