The dangers of failing to proofread

Put yourself in your readers’ shoes: how would you feel if you had received a document or publication from someone that contained numerous errors and inconsistencies? Even worse if you had paid good money for it. You would might possibly feel insulted that they could not be bothered to ensure their output was readable and free of errors.

Tips for writers: Writing reports part 3. How to present data

In part 1 of Writing reports I discussed the importance of creating a simple and appealing visual appearance using several techniques, and in part 2 I discussed consistency of style. In this final part I will discuss how to present data. Lack of space prevents a full analysis of the ways to present textual and … Continue reading Tips for writers: Writing reports part 3. How to present data

Tips for writers: Writing reports part 2. How to achieve consistency of style

In part 1 of Writing reports I discussed the importance of creating a simple and appealing visual appearance using several techniques, and in part 2 I discuss consistency of style. It is important to maintain a consistent style so as not to confuse or annoy the reader. By ‘style’ I mean the following factors: Spelling … Continue reading Tips for writers: Writing reports part 2. How to achieve consistency of style

Tips for writers: Writing reports part 1. How to improve visual appearance

In their headlong rush to communicate as much information and data as possible to their readers, many authors of reports often neglect to pay sufficient attention to how they communicate the facts and figures to their audience. Some of the factors that lead to poor-quality output include: cluttered and fussy visual appearance inconsistencies of style poor … Continue reading Tips for writers: Writing reports part 1. How to improve visual appearance

The benefits of proofreading

The benefits of proofreading with three scenarios as reasons for proofreading