Typesetting expectations

Subject: Typesetting expectations
From: Katharine M Schommer <scho0106 -at- GOLD -dot- TC -dot- UMN -dot- EDU>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 1994 22:10:23 GMT

I know this is related to a recent post about how many typos are
acceptable in a typeset document, but I'm asking the question from the
typesetter's perspective:

I'm a tech writer at a printing company where the composition department
is embroiled in a battle: How much leeway should our typesetters and
proofreaders have to change copy? We're having a hard time defining the
level of service we provide to our clients. On one hand,
we're professionals and should be relied upon for a top-notch product (which
may mean "cleaning up" the original copy), on the other hand, who are we to
change the client's document?

What types of errors do you expect the typesetter/printer to correct?

What types of errors do you expect the typesetter/printer to stay away
from no matter what?

How obvious does an "obvious" typo have to be before we should correct it?

What are your criteria for PEs (printer's errors)?

If you'd like to reply personally, I'll summarize for the list. Thanks!
Kate Schommer | Obey gravity.
scho0106 -at- gold -dot- tc -dot- umn -dot- edu | It's the law.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities |

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