[bksvol-discuss] Re: A proofreading problem to watch out for.

More and more books are writing hyphenated words as one word so we will run into this as it appears in print books. Writing without hyphens is preferred useage in some circles and is in dictionaries more and more. Removing hyphens means our synthesizers do pronounce those two part words incorrectly in some instances.

Elizabeth

At 08:43 PM 7/31/2009, you wrote:
Hi Mayrie,

I guess I have become used to seeing this in the books I read for pleasure,
because it no longer bugs me.  It would bug me more if hyphenated words were
written as one united word, for instance goodlooking.  Just my thought.

Sue S.

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From: "Mayrie ReNae" <mayrierenae@xxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] A proofreading problem to watch out for.


Hi Everyone,

A very diligent volunteer pointed out a problem to me with many
books in the bookshare collection.  Very often, words that should be
hyphenated "good-looking" or "high-fashion" have a space after the hyphen so
that the word appears as two words with the first followed by a hyphen
followed by a space.  Proofreaders who use braille or who read with their
eyes are much less likely to miss reuniting these hyphenated words.  I
confess that I too have been missing this problem. Groan!  There is not a
find and replace that works with this because, very often, other punctuation
marks scan as hyphens and need to be altered.  So, I suggest, after reading
through a book that you are proofreading, that you do a find on hyphen
followed by a space.  Check each instance of this and either correct the
improper punctuation, or unite the hyphenated word.  It doesn't really take
very long to do, and makes for a much cleaner copy of a book.

Just thought I'd bring this up, since it is not a problem pointed
out by spell checkers, only grammar checkers, and is not apparent when
proofreading using only speech unless you have all of your punctuation
turned on.

Happy proofreading!  And sorry there isn't a good way to do a global find
and replace!

Read on!

Mayrie


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