November 2018

IPEd style sheet webinar, 13 November

Style sheets are an essential tool for any proficient editor. However, some editors don’t know what they are; there are others who know about style sheets but don’t bother to use them.

In this webinar run by Malini Devadas, you will learn everything important that you will ever need to know about style sheets. It is primarily aimed at people new to editing. However, even experienced editors who know they should be using style sheets but never get around to setting them up may find this useful as well!

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Report on the Freelance Editor’s Toolkit training course

by Claire Kelly AE

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Peter Riches giving his workshop on software tools for editors. Photo: Michelle Manly

The Freelance Editor’s Toolkit workshop held on 13 October 2018 at the CAE was a full house. Around 20 editors attended, ranging from new to established freelancers as well as some in-house editors. What we all had in common was a desire to work more efficiently and use our time more productively.

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A peek at our 2019 training courses

For those who like to plan ahead, here's a sneak preview of courses coming up in the first half of 2019.

23 February: Know your sentence
Trainer: Glenys Osborne
If you can recognisewhen something's wrong, but not name the problem, this is the course for you.

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Melbourne Indexers meetings

Editors Victoria members are welcome to attend Melbourne Indexers’ meetings, which are held on the first Thursday of each month.

November meeting: Show and tell

6–8pm, Thursday 1 November 

Have you seen a different index in a book, app or journal? Have you explored different indexing techniques or areas you would like to share? Perhaps a new software feature or app? Has a job encouraged you to arrange material in a different way? In other words, bring something to show and tell with others. 

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Testing my index-editing skills with the Melbourne Indexers

by Claire Kelly AE

Having attended the Editors Victoria course Indexing: adding to the editor’s skillset, delivered by Max McMaster in August, I accepted Max’s challenge to put my editing skills to the test. I attended the Melbourne Indexers meeting on 4 October at Hawthorn Library, topic: ‘Editing the index’. Max presented us with an eight-page index with entries ranging from ‘anaemia’ to ‘bathroom floors’, ‘India’, ‘T-shirts’ and ‘Yeats, WB’. It wasn’t an encyclopedia of everything, but a composite index created to test us.

As an editor, I was relieved to see the accompanying style sheet (very similar to an editor’s style sheet: noting bold, italics, presentation of initialisms, style for page spans, etc.), but it didn’t take long to notice that few of the entries followed the house style. Correcting those errors was straightforward enough, but what about the style and formatting issues specific to indexes?

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Accredited Editors presentation

A highlight of our October event was the presentation of certificates to four of our new Accredited Editors. We've got just a couple of pics.

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Natalie Craig AE (R) receiving her certificate from Renée Otmar (L) and Susan Keogh. Photo: Marie Pietersz

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Tips and tricks: using your screen’s hotspots

by Margie Beilharz

There are a couple of neat tricks you can use, but (naturally) they vary somewhat between PCs (I'm using Windows 10) and Macs (I'm still on OS X El Capitan – delaying my upgrade to Mojave because it will render my Word 2011 inoperable).

Snap your windows in Windows

To open your document or window to full screen, select its title bar and drag it right up to the top of your screen (or even past the top). Easy peasy – it expands to fill your screen! I find this useful when I move a doc from one of my screens to another – the two screens I work with are slightly different sizes, but I can easily fill the new screen by dragging to the top as I move the doc over. You can also easily drag your doc to fill half the screen. Again, select its title bar and drag to the left edge to fill the left side, or to the right edge to fill the right side. There's more on this on Microsoft Windows support: Snap your windows.

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World wide web

Editors may not be natural self-marketers, but as many of us are now freelancers, marketing is an essential part of our business. For some inspiration, here are 33 free online marketing classes: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/free-online-marketing-classes.

Etymology: palace

by Margie Beilharz

In the light of the recent royal tour of Australia (which itself resulted in the new moniker ‘Duch Suss’), it’s appropriate to delve into the origins of ‘palace’.

A palace is the official home of a sovereign, archbishop or other notable personage. The origin of the name goes back to the ancient days of the Roman Empire, when the emperors lived on one of Rome’s seven hills; in fact, on the Palatine Hill or Mons Palatinus. The name became associated with the residence rather than the hill, and it came to English via Latin (palatium) and Old French (palais).

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Typo of the month

Not a typo as such, but a strange sign choice that we might like to edit.

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Making double sure we know what to do in Robe, South Australia. Spotted by Michelle Manly