What is traditional proofreading?
One of the things clouding people’s understanding of what proofreading entails is the fact that the word is used differently in different fields. Asking “What is proofreading?” to someone in the publishing profession, for example, will likely garner a very different reply than asking someone at a university.
Someone in the publishing industry would view proofreading as the last possible opportunity to revise a manuscript before it is printed and published. The proofreader compares the proofs—printed versions of the manuscript, which include all the formatting, page numbers, headers, etc. that will be included in the final edition—with the edited copy to make sure that no errors have been introduced by the formatting or printing.
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