ABC Proofreading & Copy-editing Bridget Gevaux BA (Hons), MA
ABC Proofreading & Copy-editingBridget Gevaux BA (Hons), MA 

Proofreading in Track Changes

Track Changes is (yes, singular is correct here!) a feature in Microsoft Word which allows you to keep track of the changes you make in a document. Anything you delete is shown with a line through (struck out) while anything you add is underlined, usually in red. Track Changes is also known as redlining; this is because in the days before email and computers, proofreading would be done by hand on a hard copy of the document, and a red line would be drawn to indicate where changes had been made.

 

Here is an example of an edited text with Track Changes:

 

Traditionally, in the publishing industry it was the job f the proofreader’s job in the publishing industry to check the typeset copy (the version of an authors manuscript after it had been typedby the typesetters and the text presentedd ion the page to create the finished book). The proofreader would checks the text for typographical errors, print errors, etc.,. using standard proofreaders marks, which would be writtendrawn in the margin next to the relevant line. It’s isconsidered a specific skill that must be learnt. Someone not trained in proofreading maymightnot see specific errors such as missing words or print errors.

 

And here it is again, with those changes made (the final or 'clean' version):

 

Traditionally, in the publishing industry, it was the proofreader’s job to check the typeset copy (the version of an author’s manuscript after it had been typed by the typesetters and the text presented on the page to create the finished book). The proofreader would check the text for typographical errors, print errors, etc., using standard proofreaders’ marks, which would be written in the margin next to the relevant line. It is considered a specific skill that must be learnt. Someone not trained in proofreading may not see specific errors such as missing words or print errors.

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