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Standard Proofreading Interface Help
To understand the interface, you need to understand the following Q & A.
Q: Where do my pages go?
A: There are four possible destinations in the system for the pages that you proofread. They are:
When you open a page for proofreading, it is automatically "IN PROGRESS"
Now you will understand the following explanations of what the buttons do.
Help for Proofreading Toolbar
Special Character Dropdowns
Many non-English texts have characters that can be difficult to enter from the keyboard. There are six drop-down lists of non-ASCII characters to assist in these cases.
The ones labelled A,E,I,O,U contain various accented versions, upper and lower case, of those respective characters. The final drop-down list contains other special symbols, and accented versions of some consonants like Y, C, D, N etc.
For any of the dropdown lists, select the character you want. It should appear at the insertion point in the text area of the proofreading interface.
Some people experience problems with these lists, such as not being able to select the same character twice in a row. We are aware of these difficulties and are working to solve them. A workaround is to select a different character in between, or copy-and-paste it from the earlier position (if still on the same page).
Also see the Proofreading Guidelines for other ways of entering special characters.
Greek transliteration popup
The most common non-Latin alphabet we encounter is Greek. We usually wish to transliterate Greek letters into Latin ones, and wrap the result in tags [Greek: ]. So
βιβλοςin the image is rendered
[Greek: biblos]in our proofread page.
To make it easier to select the correct transliterated characters, this tool has been provided. Click on the Greek button and a small window pops up, containing upper and lower case Greek alphabets and a text box.
All of the Greek letters in the popup box are clickable. Click the ones that appear in the Greek word in the image, and the latin transliterations appear in the text box, from whence they can be cut-and-pasted into the proofread text and surrounded with [Greek: ] tags.
For more information please see the Proofreading Guidelines.
<i>, </i> (italic text), <b>, </b> (bold text), <sc>, </sc> (Small Caps text), Sidenote, Illustration, *, [ ], Footnote, /*, */ (poetry), /#, #/ (blockquote), * * * * * (thought break), Blank Page
Along the lower line of the proofreading toolbar in the lower pane of the proofreading interface are controls labelled with the common tags listed above. You can use these buttons to place tags into the proofreading text area. If you select text before you click on a button in the toolbar, the text will be surrounded by the respective tag.
The tags will also appear in the text boxes to the left of the Italic button. You can also copy and paste the tags from the text box if the select and surround feature does not work in your browser. These features are provided as a convenience; if you'd really rather type the tags in by hand you are welcome to.
For example, if the caption for an illustration is in your page, you can select the caption in the text box (by clicking your mouse at the start of the caption, and dragging the mouse to the end of the caption while keeping the button depressed), then click on the "Illustration" link in the proofreading toolbar, to have the desired tags inserted at the beginning and end of the caption.
In cases where a common tag is singular (such as the 'thought break' row of asterisks), you can select, say, a space character in the text where you want the tag to be added, and it will be positioned there when you click the tag link.
Note that [Blank Page] will clear any existing text in the proofreading window.
Shortcuts to insert common tags
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