Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications (MSTP)

MSTP is a valuable resource for technical writers and editors. You can download it from this site: http://www.tdrs-us.com/ It is listed there as MSTP.CHM When you download it to your computer, it will be a zipped file. When you unzip it and try to use it, if you see ‘Page not displayed’ or ‘Navigation toContinue reading “Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications (MSTP)”

Handy English Language Presentations

If you are a copy editor or English language expert who has been asked to give a presentation on English grammar, here’s a useful link for you. This link contains several English grammar presentations that you can use to “teach” your colleagues. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/powerpoint.htm

Eats Shoots and Leaves: Book Review

If there is one book on punctuation I’d recommend to everyone, it’s “Eats shoots and leaves” by Lynne Truss. In this book, Lynne Truss has dealt with all matters related to punctuation in a humorous and engaging fashion. This not only removes the “boring” tag associated with the subject of punctuation, but also gets peopleContinue reading “Eats Shoots and Leaves: Book Review”

Copyediting vs. Proofreading

http://www.m-w.com decribes a copyeditor as one who prepares copy for the typesetter or one who edits and headlines newspaper copy. A proofreader is defined as someone who reads and marks corrections in typeset text. So clearly, a copyeditor is the one who edits copy before the proofreader. After the copyeditor is done with his orContinue reading “Copyediting vs. Proofreading”

Proofreading software

These days there is software for almost every kind of need. So it is with proofreading as well. There is proofreading software available these days by the name of whitesmoke. They claim that it checks for spelling errors, grammatical errors, punctuation errors, and that there is a synonym dictionary and idiom dictionary in the package.Continue reading “Proofreading software”