Proofreading

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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.

Adding comments -- more information

Thanks, Dave, for mentioning the importance of adding a comment or description when reporting errors. I'd like to add one more thing ---THE MOST IMPORTANT thing is to add a few words that can be located with a global search. So, if 'Heaven' is spelled Hzeaven -- just write 'correct hzeaven.' There will only be one hzeaven in the document, and we can easily find that error. Otherwise, just list 4 to 5 words at or near where the error takes place along with the change, and we can easily locate the spot with a global search. It's fine to add multiple errors with one submission.

Finally, and I think most proofreaders realize this, but it was an issue with a few errors that were recently reported. We can NOT change stylistic issues. So, for example, changing the wording of what has been written just because it's not real clear is NOT something that we change.

Blessings, and thanks for all the proofreading that all you have been doing. We at CCEL are working at getting the corrections fixed a little faster than they have been in the past few months. It still won't be instantaneous, but hopefully you won't need to wait months to see the changes, either.

Blessings,

Ken Verhulst




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