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

An idea to share about highlighting

Hi faithful volunteers,

I just thought I would share a thought that you may ignore, implement, or revise for your own use.

As you probably have noted, sometimes your corrections sit for awhile before you see them actually show up in a document you are proofreading. This is the result of the college student resources, which means sometimes they just aren't there to do the final work. I have found myself wondering sometimes if I have already submitted a "change" and then found the same thing wrong later when rereading the same page. What I have implemented in my proofreading is that when I find a problem, I use the highlighting tool to highlight a few words, then I go to the correction page and make the correction.

I use one color for highlighting where I leave off on a page so I can come right back to it days later, and another color for these "correction highlights." Old heads need all the help they can get. :-)

For anyone new who doesn't know about highlighting in this library, just hold down the mouse button while dragging over the text. When you release the button, a menu should pop up with 4 colors for highlighting and an icon for de-highting (which I use after the correction takes place).

Dave S.
Senior Moderator, Volunteers for Proofreading
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