Proofreading

Loutzenhiser's picture

The basic goal is to make the on-line edition match the print edition -- errors and all. We aren't updating spelling or usage or changing it to match modern American usage.

When the page images are available, we can refer to the page images and make corrections with confidence. Sometimes the page images are not available at the CCEL, but they are available at Google Books. In that case you can search for some words on the page and try to find a source of page images.

When page images are not available, the goal is to fix obvious typographical errors but not to make changes that are unlikely to be a result of scanning or typing errors.

The goal is to proof all the pages of each book at least twice. At that point we'll consider the book "proofed." Of course, proofing will continue after that point as readers continue to report typos.

ElderDad's picture

Scripture references

Hi fellow proof readers,

I just thought I would share a thought. Whenever I read one of the books, I do so in the "Read Online" form. By doing this, I can hover on the Scripture references if the writer put them in the text. I can also click on the reference and bring up the whole chapter, with the verse highlighted. A couple of errors may show up:

1. The reference shown in the text is correct, but the verse that pops up is different.
2. The verse that pops up is correct with one shown in the text, but it isn't the verse being talked about by the writer. Two possible causes for this: (a) the writer put the wrong reference in the original text, or (b) the person and/or software converting the document into xml or html format typed the wrong reference, which then led to the wrong tag being created.

#1 happens when the person converting the document puts the wrong reference in a Scripture tag in the xml format. Believe me, it's easy to do. SOLUTION: Since proofreaders generally do not have access to the xml file with editing abilities, I just post a Correction comment so one of Harry's helpers can correct the xml file.
#2 has two possible different solutions. If the problem is that the author wrote a wrong reference, it's likely to stay that way because of the principle of sticking with the original text. If the problem is that the electronic version doesn't agree with the image of the original document, we just need to correct the text in the correction window and our comment should probably point out that we also need Harry's folks to correct the xml tag.

It's easy to just read the text and assume that the Scripture reference is correct, but I have found enough errors in these to suggest they each be verified, if possible.

ElderDad

Dave S.
Moderator, Volunteers for Proofreading
2 Tim. 3:16--All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.




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