Copy preparation symbols, accepted by the printing trade, are standard
throughout the United States. Study the symbols and marks. Knowledge of
copy preparation symbols enables you to intelligently communicate with print
shops and photo labs. Careful application of theses standards eliminates poor
work before it reaches the printer.
Proofreader's marks and editorial marks are essentially the same. The main
difference is in their use.
EDITORIAL MARKS: Editorial marks are made directly to the manuscript
in the body of the copy. If this is not possible, insert corrections above or
below the line of type and indicate placement with a carot
. If there are
several corrections, place them in the right margin, in sequence and separated
with a diagonal line.
PROOFREADER'S MARKS: Place proofreader's marks in the margins of a
proof with their position indicated in the text with a carot. If there are
several errors in the same line, place the marks in sequence, separated by a
diagonal line. If the lines of type are long, divide the page down the center
and place the corrections in the margins on the side of the page where the
error occurs. If you are marking cold-type proofs, place a tissue overlay
over the text and mark the corrections on the overlay.
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