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Editors Shouldn't Text

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We loved this blog when Nina first created it back in 2011. We are reposting it this month in honour of this month's TEC theme of comics! Check out last week's blog for Michael's take on creative heroines of the comic book industry, and this month's newsletter for more comic fun.   *** It's official: "LOL" has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. So has "OMG," for that matter....

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The Evolving Lexicon of Web Jargon

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Leafing through a copy of The Editorial Eye, Vol. 17, No. 9 from September 1994, I noticed a helpful article on abbreviations for technical terms. In it, Candee Wilson showcases suggestions from a number of Eye readers on how to appropriately abbreviate the terms kilobyte, kilobit, megabyte, and megabit.   To avoid confusion, some readers suggested using "kbyte" and "kbit. " IBM's practice in 1994 was to use...

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How to Customize the Page Numbers of Your Document

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An author recently asked me how she could keep the page numbers in her document from appearing on the title page. She didn't want the actual numbering to start until after her table of contents and introduction.   When we open a book, regular page numbering usually begins after the front matter (preface, table of contents, dedication, epigraph). And (especially in academic documents) there is numbering in the...

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TEC Trick: How to Personalize Your Edits in Track Changes

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Editing using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes function is a fairly standard practice today, and it’s easy to see why—it’s neater, faster, and easier for authors to see what changes you’ve made. Using Track Changes also gives authors a level of control over what changes are (or aren’t) made to their work.   However, Track Changes comes with its own set of issues as well. One of those issues...

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TEC’s Tips for Editing with Track Changes: An Introduction

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For most editors today, the chance to work some editorial magic on a hard-copy manuscript is not one that comes by very often. For those who might not be so familiar with publishing lingo, hard copy just means an actual physical copy of the manuscript, often in the page proofs stage of the publishing process (printouts of the already designed and typeset book). Before the advent of digital...

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Editors Shouldn't Text

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    We loved this blog when Nina first created it back in 2011. We had been discussing the challenges of texting for editors. The writing of the message on smartphone technology was fast. The keyboard was much smaller. The focus was on hitting the keys in an effort to get things right. But what if you made a mistake and only caught it after the entire...

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Editing Software Becomes Intelligent

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A large manuscript has always presented stylistic challenges to editors, as we are charged with maintaining consistency through the entire work. If the author used a hyphen in “co-operation" on page 20, did he then spell it without one on page 236? Does a "well-known movie actor" become "the well known movie actor" later in the article? We can mandate that a serial comma is to be used, but...

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Looking Into Your Digital Future

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  Hello, TEC readers! Editors, like anyone else, occasionally like to take some time off and go on vacation, which is where I am this week. While I'm gone, please enjoy this "blog from the archives," written by Melissa MacAulay. The digital advances we've made in the past 20 years have affected more than just editors—writers are affected too, especially when it comes to using sources found online. ...

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10 Signs You Need (…OK, Are Beyond Needing) a New Laptop

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While some of us writers and editors pride ourselves on being early adopters, others may have a slight “not-fix-it-’til-it’s-broke” mentality when it comes to our technology situation. It’s understandable —after all, you and your computer spend so many hours working together, it can be easy to get attached and press your luck way past its best-before date. And as long as your outdated device isn’t affecting the quality...

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E-Smart Editors & New Marketing Technologies: Introducing HubSpot

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Here at The Editing Company, I wear many hats: editor, proofreader, layout designer, and social media editor. The last one links up to an initiative that senior editor Beth and I recently took on: working with inbound marketing firm HubSpot. Beth became interested in HubSpot because the company's software offers a number of tools (along with a vast amount of learning resources) that can help us build our...

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