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Thank you, computer

by | Mar 1, 2015 | Book | 8 comments

A brief dispatch from the digital domain: I’m working hard to produce a final-final text for my book, using MS Word’s Track Changes and Comment features to respond to my very good copyeditor’s queries and make a few last adjustments.

This is one job I would not want to do by typewriter.

8 Comments

  1. Bill M

    There are a few things & times where we need to succumb to the digital rhelm.

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  2. Anonymous

    Ha, yes, a tedious and detailed process whatever system you have to use.

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  3. rino breebaart

    Ah the joys of editing. I can't say the Track Changes process is elegant, but on the whole, any copy/structure editing is only going to improve the text. And but it feels good to sling out the occasional STET.

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  4. Ton S.

    Duly noted, I will be needing this.

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  5. Piotr Trumpiel

    At least you don't substitute your Namiki with CorelPainter for your doodling… :)

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  6. Richard P

    Never! :)

    If the designer likes my suggestion, several of my odd little typewriter doodles will appear in the book, such as the current background for this blog.

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  7. TonysVision

    I love that doodle. And I, too, frequently enjoy the use of MS Word's editing features as I submit my reports on groundwater cleanup progress to our wonderful technical editor. I say, if it works, use it, whether current technology or 60 years old. In that line, or granddaughter recently commented to us, "Oh, you've got a real phone", noting that my wife and I had recently adopted a smart phone. Not sure if it works yet.

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  8. rn

    Now that's heresy, Richard. I abhor track changes in MS Word. My brain just doesn't register the way the program displays the edits. I can't read the paragraphs to see if they sing. Give me a typewriter, red pen, scissor and tape.

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