What proofreading is ...
Isn't a good spellchecker enough? Have a look at this. "He lay prostate on the floor." You might need to read it twice to see the error, but it's worth it to get the joke. This kind of mistake is funny and would really wreck the mood of a murder mystery novel, but spellchecker software won't spot it.
Even Grammarly won't spot problems of poor formatting, inconsistencies in terms and references, mismatched text and images, and clunky or poorly worded text.
Proofreaders provide a way of guaranteeing your wording is in its best possible condition. Final drafts, page proofs and draft web pages are the last chance to correct and amend written information. This is the time for a proofreader to bring their skills to the task. The text is reviewed for accuracy in spelling, grammar, consistency, description and format.
Proofreaders use attention to detail, sound judgement and specialist knowledge to check that the work of the author, editor and designer/typesetter is satisfactory. Any changes required or queries noted will be marked as amendments, either using the British Standard Industry marks, relevant software track changes or comment boxes. Clients will be made aware of any recommended changes in a clear and straightforward way.
Some people find they need a combination of proofreading and editing. This is called proof-editing.
What is proof-editing?
A mix of proofreading and editing that improves all types of writing.
Proof-editing covers not only proofreading tasks (correcting grammar, punctuation and spelling, clarifying meaning, applying house style, ensuring consistency, checking design and layout) but also editing tasks (substantive editing, restructuring and sometimes even rewriting).
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