Thursday, January 14, 2010

Proofreading, part 30

The very observant will note that this series has talked a lot about letters, but really not about layout at all. The reason for this is that while letter forms are relatively inflexible and easy to get wrong, layout is relatively very flexible and (these days) pretty hard to screw up, so it's not part of the proofreading process.

If you were making a chair, you wouldn't need to check that it had four legs; you'd know darn well if it didn't have four legs. These days, layout errors for scribes like me are of that order of magnitude.

It was not always so. More about that some other time.

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