Proofreaders mark up printers’ proofs with symbols to indicate corrections that need to be made. The are by no means standard. A look at what Canadians use, today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.
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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.
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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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In my first post of the “marking up PDFs” series, I showed the many uses of stamps in Acrobat.
Setting favourite stamps makes them available in above the other categories when you click the stamp icon.
Watch this screencast to learn how to make a custom (proofreader’s) stamp and how to import stamps into the free Adobe (Acrobat) Reader XI. (Tweet this.)
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Anything you can take a screen shot of can be marked up as a PDF. Here is a quick demo showing how to mark up corrections to titles (or captions) in a video. It uses the free Adobe Reader XI software.
Steps are written out below.
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Five brain hacks for tricking yourself into seeing text with fresh eyes are covered in this episode, an adaptation of Adrienne’s post on copyediting.com. While originally written for editors, these tips can help writers editing their own writing too; they are ways to trick your eyes into seeing what is actually there rather than what your mind thinks should be there.
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Original post: 5 Ways to Refocus Your Editing Eye
First and second episodes: Error Rates in Editing: What’s Your Save Percentage? and How many errors trigger a book reprint? (Spoilers: data shows 95% is the best humanly possible and, secondly, precious few.)
The image for this episode is by chrisbb, used under CC BY 2.0 license.
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Though I’d much rather announce “I weigh 70 kg,” metric hasn’t entirely stuck in Canada. We use a simperial system that I’ve been writing about lately. An editor adapting a text needs to know when pounds should be used instead of kilograms. Converting weights, today on the Copyediting.com blog.
And yes, I do weigh more than the guy who took this photo, Daniel Oines, used under CC BY 2.0 license.
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When your file doesn’t start on page 1, it is helpful to have the PDF show you the absolute page numbering, not the relative page number in that file. It’s particularly helpful for indexing and other page-number-sensitive markup that editors do.
Here’s one way to do it. (A video showing X and XI follows.)
You need the full Acrobat program to customize the page numbering on a PDF.
In the X and XI versions, it works as in this video tutorial.
In the Windows version of Acrobat, look under View > Page Navigation > Page menu item. On Windows, this shortcut is “Ctrl + Shift + N”; on Mac OS, it is “Cmd + Shift + N”. According to http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/PDF17
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