Re: Making online reading/editing easier (was Online vs paper-based editing)

Subject: Re: Making online reading/editing easier (was Online vs paper-based editing)
From: "Jim Morgan" <Jim -dot- Morgan -at- jdsu -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 12:07:07 -0700

Although I appreciate the suggestions from both Geoff and Carla, I was
aware of the methods they note, and I think those methods miss the

I think there is something in the gestalt of seeing a page in the
context, background, and medium in which hard-copy readers use it that
helps me find things I do not pick up onscreen regardless of the display
settings. I tried for a couple of years to go all-electronic, but when
users brought me printouts for various issues, I kept finding minor
mistakes. Perhaps if I had one of those fancy monitors that swivel to
vertical and are large enough to show a page in true size I would have
better luck. Then again, maybe my brain responds well to the tactile
experience of paper and pen that I grew up with. Or maybe this is an
issue of how one's optical system is hard-wired, such that some people
will never be as good as others at catching everything onscreen.

All I know is, after considerable experimentation over years, I have
determined that I still need a final pass on paper to pick up the last
10% of detail errors.


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Subject: Re: Online vs paper-based editing

Maybe it's just my astigmatic eyes, but I always catch details on paper
that I seem unable to spot onscreen, hard as I have tried over the years
to eliminate the paper-wasting. My compromise is to only do the final
proofreading pass on paper.



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