Re: Track Changes function in Word 2002

Subject: Re: Track Changes function in Word 2002
From: Jean Hollis Weber <jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 11:33:09 +1000

On 28 July 2003, T. Miles wrote:

Thanks for your response--it's valuable to hear from someone who likes aspects of Word 2002's Track Changes function. I have a follow-up question:

Re: In most situations, I much prefer electronic
Re: editing using Word's Track Changes than hand-marking edits.

Are there particular reasons why that you would be willing to discuss?

1) I can type faster than I can write by hand.
2) Most handwriting is more difficult to read than typed changes -- mine certainly is.
3) Writers don't have to spend time deciphering my handwriting and transferring copyediting changes to the file; they can simply "accept" or "reject" what I have typed. (Comments and questions still need to be dealt with by the writer inserting changes, of course.)
4) Much editing these days is done on single-spaced printouts, not double-spaced, so there is inadequate space to mark edits cleanly. Ambiguity of just what's to be added or deleted can result. Electronic editing can avoid that ambiguity.
5) I use the computer to find a lot of common errors. If I have only a printout to work from, the work takes longer and is less accurate than if I have an electronic copy. Ideally I have both electronic and a printout, because I find other things more easily on a printout -- but I still prefer to mark my edits electronically, even if I have scribbled some notes to myself on the printout.

Regards, Jean
Jean Hollis Weber
jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com
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