Re: Editing Marks - Please Help!!!
Is there an accepted list of proofing marks that
should be used in such environments or can you free
hand your style?
If yes, can someone supply them to me or point me
towards a list of them on the net?
Thanks for the help.
Anthony V. Colello
Knowing the standard proofreading marks is half the requirement. They have been developed to reduce ambiguity.
The real payback comes with proper use of the marks. Use the marks to indicate the problem and use the closest margin to show the correction details - like double-entry bookkeeping. Since they work in pairs, (one mark at the point of the mistake and another indicating the nature of the correction in the margin where there is normally more room for notation) misunderstanding is reduced if not eliminated. Lines of text containing more than one error should show the margin corrections in order, left to right, separated with a slash '/' mark.
Learn 'em. Use 'em consistently. Evangelize their use. Have a page of 'em ready for reference and to give (along with your marked-up proof) to those who may not be aware of 'em or how to use 'em properly.
Here's more (rather pedantic) on the process of proofreading:
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