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A while ago we looked at special characters in Word, but there is a subset of special characters that can help with document formatting, but that don’t print: hard space, hard line return, section break, page break, tab, and so forth. Word calls these non-printing characters. To see the non-printing characters in your document, do one of the following:
- pilcrow icon [ ¶ ] for Show/Hide on the Formatting (or Home) ribbon*
- ⌘ + 8 (or on a PC: ctrl + *)
A non-breaking space can be used between elements such as a digit and the unit of measure (such as 20 °C) to make sure they are never broken over the end of a line. To type one, hold option while you press the space bar (on a...Read More »
We’re gearing up for a happy holiday weekend here in the United States as we celebrate Independence Day tomorrow. Finalize fireworks-watching plans? Check. Make sure flag-displaying etiquette is correct? Check. Use the proper vocabulary during fireworks watching and flag displaying? Better check!
Do you know your fireworks from your flag works? Match the term with its appropriate definition. [Difficulty level: moderate]
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When I type pejorative, I must consciously stop my left forefinger from dropping down on the r key after my middle finger taps the e. When I hear it spoken, it’s often unclear whether there is an r sound at the end of the first syllable.
I’m not alone in this confusion. Message boards are full of perjorative in relation to the controversy over the name of the Washington, D.C., NFL football team. The Sydney Morning Herald printed perjorative twice last month. Perhaps Australian Attorney General George Brandis pronounced the nonexistent r in the word when he was discussing whether the government should refer to East Jerusalem as “disputed” or “occupied.” Subsequent stories by different reporters used the...Read More »
Decoding the world cup and owning up to mistakes when they happen, that is on today’s News Roundup.
Are you a wonk? Is it a slang term? Maybe not. (Grammarphobia)
‘Sudden Death’ at El Mundial: Decoding the World Cup (Lingua Franca)
Mapped Out: Everyone makes mistakes (The Editor’s Desk)
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There area a few different rules for terminal punctuation in quoted material. Many Canadian publications follow Chicago Manual of Style, but The Canadian Style and The Canadian Press Stylebook have preferences as well.
Preserving the original intent of the speaker’s words is the goal. As such, punctuation that affects meaning (such as an exclamation mark or question mark) are only included within quotation marks if they were part of the original statement.
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Mastering a particular style or three is a copyediting rite of passage. But it’s also a component of lifelong career development. Editing careers don’t remain static and neither do styles.
Just this week, a student-editor I know was asked to abandon MLA style to edit in APA. Also this week, an editor friend was asked to set aside her much-beloved orange Chicago Manual of Style and learn the blue-bound 16th edition she had been avoiding. And an indexer posting to an online editors group asked if Chicago’s 16th edition style for indexes was likely to be different from the 15th edition style he already had.
Sound familiar? Fortunately, help is available to those who need to style outside their comfort zones.
In the first case, I suggested the student-editor check out...Read More »
Are videos taking over for online documentation? Why are you called a guest instead of a customer? This in Today's News Roundup.
Tips and Tricks: Creating Video Recordings to Share Online: Video is the next best thing to online documentation. (TechWhirl)
Is a customer a guest?: Why you are no longer a customer (Grammarphobia)
Comparing MLA and APA: Numbers: Can you tell the difference? (APA Style)
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International Executive Service Corps (IESC) is seeking a technical writer and editor for a short-term, contract position in its Afghanistan Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) Program. Launched by President Johnson in 1964, IESC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting stability and prosperity through local, private-sector economic development. This year, IESC is celebrating 50 years, 200 programs and more than 25,000 projects in 130 countries, and the creation of more than 1.5 million jobs.
The technical writer and editor will evaluate, edit, and rewrite documents by non-native English writers, including business plans, assistance applications, and descriptions of manufacturing and...Read More »
It’s a holiday here in Canada today. Well, actually, our official national birthday holiday is tomorrow: July 1, Canada Day. But it’s the first weekend kids are out of school, it’s SUMMER weather (yes, with all caps) and, really, how much work are you going to get done today, the one work day between days off. Therefore, most offices are not open today; in Canada. Friday, the USA will virtually shut down for Independence Day.
Your clients in other countries are all still working on these national holidays. How do you handle their expectations that you will be answering emails and phone calls as usual? Here are some options:
- Move the office dock-side, and do take those calls and answer the emails, even if only with a perfunctory “Nice to hear from you. I’m just away...
Posting first, fact-checking after is no longer uncommon for journalists in the age of instant publishing, according to a new survey of international journalists.The survey found that 45 percent of journalists say that at least 60 percent of what they publish is done without checking facts beforehand. Only 20 percent of journalists say they always check their facts before publishing.
The survey provides more evidence of a decreasing lack of respect for the truth, meaning the...Read More »