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The Law of Least Surprise

I wear many hats, but two of my favorites are my editing hat (really just a green-celluloid visor that protects my eyes from the glare of the lightbulb dangling overhead) and my programming hat (a rakish fedora with a feather on the side). I alternate between the two on any given day, but there’s one […]

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Editing Documents in LaTeX

Do you ever have to edit a document written in LaTeX? There’s recently been some discussion on Copyediting-L about how to do this. I know of three methods. Method 1: Work in raw LaTeX LaTeX looks like this: chapter[On the Origin and Design of Government]{On the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise […]

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Useful Downloads

Okay, I admit it: I’m a software junkie. I sometimes spend hours finding, downloading, and playing with new programs that I think might increase my productivity. Here are a few of my recent finds: Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats. If you have Word XP or 2003 and need to […]

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Author Tools Template

I’m constantly having to clean up files from authors. Most of them have no clue about how a manuscript should be structured or formatted. That’s why I’ve created an Author Tools template–to help authors write, structure, and format their manuscripts in an easy, consistent way. (And, of course, to simplify my life–and possibly yours.) You […]

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From Word 2K to 2003 Part 1–Looking up the Mountain

[Editor’s note: This week marks the first installment in a series of reports by Word expert Steve Hudson on Word 2003–installation, features, and much, much more. If you’re thinking of upgrading, you won’t want to miss it. Next week, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled feature articles and include the rest of Steve’s installments in […]

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Razzmatag

I’m excited to announce the release of our new program, RazzmaTag! Cute name, but what does it do? Well, do you need to tag characters and formatting in Microsoft Word so your documents can be imported into a typesetting program? Do you ever need to turn typesetting tags into formatting in Word? What? You never […]

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More Bugs

More bugs this week–just so you’ll know what to watch out for while you’re editing in Microsoft Word. Thanks to all who contributed to the collection. I’ve included a couple of my own “favorites” as well. One bug I particularly dislike is the “no-delete-with-Tracking” bug. When I edit, I usually turn Tracking on so I […]

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Bug Collection

In the past couple of newsletters, I put out a call for bugs–or just things that bug you–in Microsoft Word. Thanks to everyone who responded. I had some of my own bugs to share, but I’ll save those for another day. And now, the bug collection–including some useful advice! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Styles and Fields ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Steve […]

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Compressed Word Spacing

[Calling all bugs! Calling all bugs! I’m trying to put together a bug collection for next week’s newsletter. If you’ve discovered a bug (or just something that bugs you) in Microsoft Word, please take a minute and drop me a line.] If you’ve tried using Microsoft Word to produce decently justified text, you’ve seen the […]

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