29 February 2008

Proofreading a document

It has been my experience that using Spell Check never replaces proofreading a document. I have proofed documents where the person has relied only on Spell Check and the outcome has been comical. A few examples of this are: A lawyer writing to a potential client writes that he has expensive experience, instead of extensive experience. I remember reading a document and instead of its they had written tits. Bloopers to be sure, funny yes, but professional - NO!

Be sure you always proofread your documents and then Spell Check it as an extra step to your proofreading.

Quick Tip:
A word of caution when using Spell Check: Be careful when you are going through the document that you don't accidentally press Replace rather than Add to Dictionary or vice versa.

3 comments:

The Professional Assistant said...

This is quite true. A computer can never replace a human.

Also, it would be beneficial if someone could also read over your document, just to make sure (if you and the other person has the time).

Thanks,

Richard Rinyai
www.theprofessionalassistant.net

Anonymous said...

I had a boss who apologized to a client for the incontinence instead of the inconvenience.

Oops!

Patricia Robb said...

Oops is right HA HA. That is pretty bad.

Patricia