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Proofreader's Marks Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Introd­uction

List of standard proofr­eader's marks used to indicate and correct problems in a text. Marks come in two varieties, abbrev­iations and abstract symbols. These are usually handwr­itten on the paper containing the text. Symbols are interl­eaved in the text, while abbrev­iations may be placed in a margin with an arrow pointing to the proble­matic text. Note that different languages use different proofr­eading marks and sometimes publishers have their own in-house proofr­eading marks

Abbrev­iations

Abbrev­ation
Meaning
Use
sp
Spelling
Used to indicate misspe­lling
sp
Spell out
Used to indicate misspe­lling
stet
Let it stand
Indicates that proofr­eading marks should be ignored and the copy unchanged
fl
Flush left
Align text flush with left margin
fr
Flush right
Align text flush with right margin
eq#
Equalize spacing
ls
Adjust letter­spacing
Adjust letter­spacing
ital
Put in italics
Put in italics
rom
Put in Roman (non-i­talic) font
Put in Roman (non-i­talic) font
bf
Put in boldface
Put in boldface
lc
Lower case
Put text in lower case
caps
Put text in capital case
Put text in capital case
sc
Small caps
Put text in small caps
wf
Wrong font
Put text in correct font
wc/ww
word choice­/wrong wor
Incorrect or awkward word choice
hr#
nsert hair space

Symbols

Name
Image
Meaning
Dele
 
Delete
Pilcrow (Unicode U+00B6)
Begin new paragraph
Caret
^/v
Insert
 
#
Insert space
Close up (Unicode U+2050)
Tie words together, elimin­ating a space
 
][
Center text
 
]
Move text right
 
[
Move text left
 
Insert em dash
 
Insert en dash