Re: Editing, Smediting

Subject: Re: Editing, Smediting
From: Buck & Tilly Buchanan <writer -at- DHC -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 16:17:23 -0500

> A trick my dad taught me when I was 12 and he was working as a
> proofreader for a publishing company--
> If you really want to catch surface problems (punctuation, spelling,
> citation style, etc.) read the document backwards.

That might work if there is an unlimited budget. As a pubs manager, I
budget 20 minutes per page for editing. I can't imagine someone reading
and properly editing a full page of text in that amount of time if
he/she has to read it backwards/forwards/backwards.

I'll try it, however. I may be pleasantly surprised.

Buck Buchanan
writer -at- dhc -dot- net
Arlington, TX

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