The term 'proof' refers to texts of various types which have returned from the typesetter, formatter or printer for checking before being published. 'Proofreading' is the term used for the final checking and correction of documents. It is different to copy editing, which takes place prior to the proofreading process and involves the editor making formatting and other changes to a manuscript.
In order to highlight any errors for correction by the editor or typesetter, the proofreader must employ standard proofreading marks (or proof correction marks) and symbols. In Australia these are provided for reference in the AGPS Style Manual. The proofreader uses these marks as a guide for correcting proofs while also developing their own personal style, adapting some conventional markings to suit their purpose.
The modern professional proofreader may be required to proofread documents on paper (printed copy) or on computer (electronic copy). While electronic copy proofreading is becoming more popular in our technologically-advanced society, hard copy proofreading is still common.
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Variations in terminology
When searching for information on proofreading it may be useful to take into account the variations in proofreading terms. Alternatives to 'proofreading' are 'proof-reading' and 'proof reading'. 'Proofreaders' marks' may also be referred to as 'proofreader's marks'. Also, 'online proofreading' can sometimes be written as 'on-line proofreading'.
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