Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top Proofreading Marks Everyone Should Know... What They Are and How To Use Them.

Whether you are writing and sending your document to an editor for review, or working with your printer on corrections needing to be made, it is important to have a basic understanding of editing to ensure not only that your document maintains the integrity of how you want it to look and sound, but it is done so with correct punctuation and grammar.  

Proofreaders use a standard set of marks to dictate changes. Understanding these marks can give you a helpful advantage when communicating with a printing professional. The most commonly used marks are generally for insertion, removal, punctuation and grammar, however, there are many more that address spacing, layout, font too.

Trying to communicate a desired result can sometimes be frustrating and overwhelming, especially when it comes to editing, and often times conveying the changes you want to a professional can be a bit intimidating 
as well.  To help bridge that gap we have selected the most commonly used proofreader’s marks and their uses to help you better communicate with your printer, and feel more confident in knowing how to ask for what you want.

It should be noted that proofreading marks can vary slightly in form from person to person like dialects in language, but the function remains the same across the board. Proofreaders who use these symbols on a regular basis can navigate these slight variations well and can typically intuit the needed change, so don’t be afraid to use them! 

The chart below showcases the most commonly used proofreading marks and there use. Learning these simple marks will give you the ability to both understand edits and request them with ease.  

Happy Editing! 


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