The importance of printouts.

I’m proof-reading. That means that the Spanish version of my children’s anthology, “The Seer’s Stone” has been laid out ready for printing, and I’m going through it with a fine tooth comb, looking for mistakes.

 Actually, it’s the second time through. I found a worrying number of mistakes last time. Mostly (I hasten to add) stuff like extra/missing spaces, and capitalising words which would be capitalised in English, but which shouldn’t be in Spanish. But still far more of them then I expected.

So I’m doing it all again. Now, for some reason, human beings catch far more mistakes on paper than a computer screen. So it’s quite important that the final checks are done looking at a printout.

So naturally my printer has died. But of course!

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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