RE: Typemarking

Subject: RE: Typemarking
From: "Bill Darnall" <darcom -at- sbcglobal -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 11:33:05 -0700

Carol wrote . . .

I proofread and do light copyediting on fictiona and nonfiction books, as
well as magazines. I am taking a "test" for copyediting/proofreading
which requests the use of Typemarking. This has not come up in my past
and current work, so my request is whether anyone has a small sample of
how "Typemarking" should appear.


Typemarking is what one does to a manuscript to show the exact typeface,
type size, and spacing. It is not something that a proofreader or copyeditor
defines. Publications have standards for style. These standards usually
include specifications for typography. Given the typographic standard, a
proofreader enters the appropriate "marks." If you were proofing a magazine
and noticed a heading had been incorrectly set in the "wrong" typeface, you
would indicate the correct typeface. Of course, you would have to know the
magazine's standards. If you were proofreading a typed manuscript with no
indicated typefaces, you would refer to an editor's page design
specification and mark the manuscript accordingly.

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) says, " The type size, leading, typeface,
and type width to be used in the text proper should be written in the left
margin next to the first paragraph of at the first chapter or other division
of text." Other sections of the CMS explain how headings and poetry
extracts, and subheads, etc. are marked.

A complete discussion of typemarking is found in the Chicago Manual of
Style, 14th Edition, "Editor and Typesetter," Sections 2.133 through 2.148,
pp. 88-92.

Bill D.


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