In my copyediting class, we’ve been talking about the Typographic Oath, a list of 10 commandments I wrote to guide copyeditors in their work. My students are enthusiastic about it (think of that what you will), but the first rule—“Do no harm”—worries them.
Following up on last week’s post about office essentials, we turn from stationery to tech. Because, most of us edit on screen, these days. There’s a minimum you need to function, and then there are the accessories that make work faster, more efficient, reliable and secure, as well as easier on your body.
Do you ever mark up changes to a document using the old-school hieroglyphics once common to proofreaders? You know, those secret symbols written in the page margins that tell the designer to set a word in italics, indent a line, add a comma, stuff like that?
During last week’s audio conference on web editing, I discussed the F-shaped reading pattern users have when reading webpages. One participant wanted to know if this pattern held true for mobile devices as well. I hadn’t explored that avenue in preparing for the presentation, so I didn’t have a good answer.
Now I do, but I’m not sure anyone will like it: I don’t know. Still, there’s some information out there that copyeditors can make use of.