This article is the first of a series of copyediting examples, taken from the OpenOffice.org (OOo) user guides. I won’t be looking at grammar, punctuation, and spelling (the topics most people associate with copyediting) but rather at other errors that copyeditors should also be looking for. These errors include (but are not limited to) incorrect cross-references, missing or duplicated information, incorrect or unclear figure captions, and incorrect fonts.
Look at each of the examples. How many errors can you spot? How many things should you check to determine if they are correct or wrong? (I missed all of these on a previous, rushed, pass through the document. We definitely need more people reviewing/editing/proofreading/final checking the user guides.)