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Flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos? (Take II)
Subject:Flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos? (Take II) From:Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Mon, 15 Mar 2004 14:47:30 -0500
Dick Margulis observed, in passing: <<One other thing. Red is for
schoolteachers. Blue is for editors.>>
This varies greatly among authors; in my experience, the only ones who
have any difficulty with red ink are prima donnas who have problems
with the editing process as a whole. But that's neither here nor there.
It does, however, suggest strongly that Lisa should consider moving her
editing process onscreen. Onscreen editing has two great advantages in
First, if you're using Word (presumably other software too), the choice
of how to display the edits (color, format, etc.) can be set
independently by each user. If you like fluorescent pink edits, you can
probably coerce your software into showing you edits in this manner.
Second, you can (in Word) toggle quickly between concealing and
displaying the tracked changes. This lets you (respectively) see only
the results of the edits and how you got to those results. Sometimes
authors are much happier just seeing the results, without having to
wade through all the red (or chartreuse or whatever) ink. That's doubly
true if they can reveal the edits only when something looks wrong.
--Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)
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