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Freelance scientific copy-editor.


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


Sep
12
comment What do “p” and “pp” mean in the context of an index?
I think this question would be stretch for English SE, since it is a question about manuscript style and not English usage. It is much better here than there.
Sep
12
comment What do “p” and “pp” mean in the context of an index?
I've seen N pp. used instead of N ff, but I agree it is rather uncommon. The advantage is that it reduces the number of abbreviations used in a document that the reader needs to be aware of, if it is used together with the entirely idiomatic pp. M-N usage.
Sep
12
comment Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
In Aguirre, Wrath of God, the narrator (an active character in the film, but not the protagonist) seems to be killed by an arrow well before the end of the film. Works very well there. The narrator is supposed to have kept a diary, and what happens after the death could be extrapolated by readers.
Jun
20
comment Software to change American punctuation to British
"Any decent word processing program will pick up on all ..." - not reliably. The NL parsers you find in such software is easily and frequently confused.
May
6
comment What is the proper format/style for using and properly citing code in an APA paper?
I give an example at writers.stackexchange.com/questions/980/… - the full answer really involves getting a copy of the APA style guide.
Jan
10
comment I'm getting tired of “he said” “she said” in dialogue; how do I get around it?
'"show don't tell" Nazis' - Plenty of showing in your text, and it's just distracting filler. Usually in dialog, dialog is what's interesting and engaging to the reader, and you should only interrupt it with something significant. Oh, and Godwin's law, you pox-ridden, crystal-hugging hippie.
Aug
31
comment What's the proper etiquette/format for updating a blog post?
I've used "Postscript (date)" in this manner for the last ten or so years.
Aug
31
comment Breaking Into Technical Writing - Where to Start (from a programming background)
I don't like the ACM, and I let my membership lapse as soon as I no longer needed to attend the large ACM conferences. The IEEE is a bit better. I like the look of the STC, although not being a tech writer, so far I only subscribe to their blog, Intercom.
Aug
31
comment What is the proper way to write a date containing two days in a row?
This is often called a date range.
Aug
31
comment What is the proper way to write a date containing two days in a row?
It is especially true when writing slide titles (as opposed to, say, prose) that cutting the number of glyphs can substantially increase a slide's effectiveness. While I think the use of the em dash is good in this particular case, I think the general suggestion to avoid ampersands in slide titles is bad - impossible though it is for me to believe this of the impeccable Lauren. For some reason, many publishers seem reluctant to use ampersands in the titles on book spines, even when it solves obvious typesetting issues.
Aug
31
comment Does a technical writer need a technical background?
For business writing types who thought that Monica talking about enterprises with around 100 employees, SME is tech writer jargon for subject matter expert.
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.
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
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
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
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.