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.
If you’ve been reading my columns for a while, you’ll know of my love for checklists. The Canadian Style says a checklist “will help you to cover all pertinent facets of the writing process and to meet your deadlines.”
When we copyeditors learn to edit, we tend to tackle one rule or one set of rules at a time. We practice reducing repetition in one exercise and fixing comma errors in another. But when we get to real-world editing, we’re trying to fix all the errors in one or two passes. We’re no longer editing in a vacuum, and one edit often leads to another.