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Freelance scientific copy-editor.


You can read my irregular waffles at advogato.org/person/chalst/.


Aug
31
comment What style suggestions are common for which words are used in hyperlinks?
Linking to just "claims" is awful UI: you should usually strain to make the link have at least two words. I agree with the longer phrase: here's a link text usefulness test: if you turned the HTML page into just a list of the link texts, how informative would these be? I find "claims that pigs can fly" to be substantially more informative about what you will find when you click the link, enough to justify the increased risk of the link being split over lines.
Aug
26
revised What are advantages/disadvantages to use a CC-license for your writings?
minor readability fixes
Jun
18
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
29
awarded  Scholar
Apr
29
accepted Should DOIs ever be preferred to ISBNs?
Apr
29
comment Avoiding foot&note disease
I'm familiar with these under the name marginal notes. It's a good point - the textual excursion is smaller with them - but they make for more complex page layout.
Apr
29
comment Avoiding foot&note disease
Painful for whom? The writer or the reader? I certainly see that the footnote is easiest for the writer in your example, but wouldn't the discussion of the incursions be impoverished for a reader who had not made the excursion to the footnote about the Templars? It looks like a case where the writer really should make the text linear.
Apr
22
comment Writing a bibliography
Comprehensive style guides do treat the case of the unknown author. For instance, Chicago's author-title style asks for title only to be used when citing, and for "Anonymous" to be used in place of the author's name in the reflist.
Apr
22
answered Writing a bibliography
Apr
22
comment Writing a bibliography
Do note that this author-title format for the reflist is just one of two approaches used by Chicago; the style also supports author-date.
Apr
22
comment What needs to be included in a corporate style guide?
Great answer. Two points: (i) not all CSGs are so focussed on design aspects - to take a CSG from my experience, the KPMG style guide had more instructions concerning their idiosyncratic punctuation and less to do with visual layout; (ii) even with your CSG, I think the intersection with "editorial" is bigger than the intersection with "design".
Apr
19
revised Our note in footnote of a book
minor readability fixes, add tag
Apr
19
awarded  Critic
Apr
19
comment Writing first programming book
500-750 words per page? That's dense text! I would change the size of text to get a more user-friendly 250-300 words per page. It will give you more of a sense of progress, and be kinder on the eye when you want to review your work.
Apr
19
asked Avoiding foot&note disease
Apr
19
answered Our note in footnote of a book
Apr
19
suggested approved edit on Our note in footnote of a book
Apr
17
answered How do I find an affordable editor?
Apr
13
comment I'm an editor who generally uses Word to communicate changes with my authors. Is Adobe's InCopy better for this task?
Oh, I remember asking this question! I had meant to dig out some of the old proposal questions myself, +1.
Apr
12
comment What are the most common style manuals?
I'd say a readership is an audience, but I guess this starts to be hairsplitting.