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Ideally documents should be proofread by someone else at least once. The
number of glaring mistakes that have been caught by another person when I
could have sworn blind it was OK... Of course that isn't always possible,
and there are ways to improve your hit rate. If proofing for
spelling/punctuation only, then try reading the document backwards. It helps
break the pattern recognition in the brain and forces you to look at it in a
new light. Using a ruler to separate lines helps too. Leaving the doc for a
few days and then returning to it fresh is also helpful.
twriter01 -at- hotmail -dot- com wrote
In response to "proofreading should be someone other than the other," what
if the auther (me) has had time away from the document already. Let's say
2 days. Does your suggestion still apply? Keep in mind, this proofread is
a FINAL proofread. The document has passed reviewers already. Some of them
may have done some proofreading in their review and some not. Sorry if
that wasn't clear.
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