CopyfittingIntroductionCopyfitting, or copy casting, is the process by which you plan and specifythe setting of a given body of text to fit an available space. There aredifferent methods for copy fitting; the two methods for copyfitting coveredby this chapter are the character count method and the line measurementmethod. To begin, use a page of double spaced typewritten text on a sheet of8 1/2 by 11-inch paper. The left-hand margin and the top margin shouldmeasure 1 1/2 inches while the right-hand margin and bottom margin shouldmeasure 1 inch.CharacterTo use the character count method of copyfitting, count the number ofcount methodcharacters (letters, numerals, punctuation, and spaces) contained in atypewritten manuscript and the number of characters per typeset line lengthin a chosen size and style of letter to calculate the number of column inchesrequired.To use the character count method:StepAction1Count the number of characters on each page of the typedmanuscript.2Determine the number of characters in one typeset line ofdetermined length in the chosen typeface.3Determine the number of lines per inch bymeasuring 1 inch and counting the number of lines, then,divide this number into the total number of lines in thetypewritten copy to get the length of the copy in inches.4Make allowances for headings and illustrations using goodjudgment and experience.Continued on next page1-34