For Anyone Who Ever Has To Edit Anything

Finally, a more comprehensive set of symbols are available for editors everywhere:

Via The Well Written Woman, on Facebook, where you can see the image in a bigger form, if you need.

Thanks to Megan for the find.

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  • Kevin


    Of course, we never see these marks anymore, because nobody uses paper edits. It’s all pixels all the time.

    Sometimes I miss paper edits. At least then you did’t have unknowing morans making ad hoc insertions where they don’t belong.

    Now, it’s “track changes” or you’re toast.

    Zounds, how I hate “track changes”.

    • Interrobang

      I thought I was the only one. Holy cow. Some of the documents I’ve worked on (long technical documents, lots of reviewers) wind up with so many tracked changes* that Word started to barf and die.

      * I’m talking about a 100-page document with about 1100 tracked changes in it.

  • wanderfound

    The old editing symbols do still get used, at least in scientific publishing.

    It’s “track changes” in the early drafts (if you’re lucky; my prof routinely fails to turn this on, so I have to do a “compare documents” with the previous draft in order to find the half-dozen typos he introduces each time) and when you’re dealing with the peer reviewers. But once it comes to correcting the final proof for the typesetters, it’s a case of “print out the PDF, mark up the changes with the traditional editing symbols, scan and email back”.

  • The Vicar

    Meh. I’ve seen this basic joke at least twice before, and both times it was done better by being more subtle.

    The first one was in the last few pages of Tom Weller’s parody textbook Culture Made Stupid. I looked it up online upon being unable to find my copies of it and its Hugo-award-winning predecessor Science Made Stupid: How to Discomprehend the World Around Us, and was gratified to discover that they have both been made available for free online in a variety of formats (including PDF) with the author’s permission: