Category Archives: Editing

Folks I Admire: William Shakespeare & Noah Webster

Today features two twists from my Folks I Admire series: I will speak of the dead rather than the living, and one of those people I don’t admire for positive reasons. (I will stick to my limit of two entities per post, though.) Are you a prescriptivist when it comes to language? Well, then you’re

On the Fashion of Language

Last week, I wrote the word “replayability” in a draft, and I got that red squiggly line indicating a spelling error or undefined word.  heard, read, and used “replayability” over the years with a clear understanding of what it meant from context, so I did what I always do when I encounter a red-squiggly word

A Quick Introduction to GREP Search in InDesign & InCopy

Adobe InDesign (and its editorial counterpart, InCopy) has robust search features that make copy editing game text easier, but they require more training to use effectively than standard text searching. This document gives a basic introduction to using the advanced method of searching called GREP1, where you use special formats called “regular expressions” to find

On Eroding Reader Confidence

My wife and I had a frustrating moment with some doctor’s instructions last week, two of the eight steps it included were (paraphrased, because the paper is gone): Shower 24 hours after the procedure No bathing, pools, or other swimming for a week Now, “bathe” can just mean “to wash,” so while we were pretty sure that

Advanced InDesign/InCopy GREP Commands

There’s a font I work with from time to time that has some funky punctuation—the commas and periods look alike, the apostrophes and quotation marks look malformed, etc. Not all of the punctuation is weird, but most of it is. So I went to Rabbi Google for the wisdom of InDesign/InCopy GREP searching for just punctuation,

InDesign/InCopy Script: Find XXs and Hyphens

Occasionally things come up at my day job (as an editor at Paizo) where I can employ my former profession as a software designer to make my life as an editor easier. A recent one involved making a script for InCopy (and thus InDesign) that finds various forms of “XX” and times when we misuse