Re: peer edits

Subject: Re: peer edits
From: Mary Cresswell <mcresswe -at- ACTRIX -dot- GEN -dot- NZ>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 14:50:25 +1300

typesetters, who did not know Sanskrit, would
>catch grammar/spelling errors, when their rhythm was broken while setting
>the type. If they found that the hand movement to pick up the alphabets was
>wrong, they pointed such errors to the author; and sure enough the author
>agreed that they were right. Apocryphal? But sure made a good point to me.

Maybe it isn't just a story? In the 1960s, I helped edit a journal of
symbolic/mathematical logic. Occasionally I had a similar experience when
I was typing the formulae in text. I also heard that when Bertrand Russell
and A.N. Whitehead's "Principia Mathematica" was being typeset (Oxford Univ
Press? I forget which - in 1910 or so?) that the typesetters regularly
pointed out errors to the authors. And I heard that the typesetters were
almost always right.

I believe the Sanskrit typesetters!!!


Mary Cresswell * Technical writer & editor
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