Thursday, 9 June 2011

Proof reading error...

Fab proof-reading error tweeted by @timwalker and RT'd by @kate_day.

There but for the grace of God go all of us...

When we read, we scan.  That's why it's easy to miss stuff when you're proofing.

A few quick proof reading tips:

  • Always check large type eg headlines, titles closely.
  • It's easy to scan over errors in caps - take a good look.
  • Are figures, symbols, telephone numbers, urls etc correct?
  • Cover lines below the text you're reading so you focus exclusively on that line.
  • Read upwards from the bottom of a column if necessary.
  • Check for what makes sense as well as for literals, spellings etc
  • Ask yourself whether anything's missing.


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