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Keying Funky Characters on a Mac

What is that!? How many times have you been confronted with a character in a manuscript that an author tried unsuccessfully to key? I think most editors know how to key accented characters that are common in English and other Western European alphabets—what the Unicode standard calls the Basic Latin…

Preparing a Manuscript for Production

I’m sometimes asked—though perhaps not often enough—how best to prepare a manuscript for production. For every compositor you ask, you’ll get a different answer, but here are some general dos and don’ts that help make my production process go more smoothly. First and foremost, make sure that the manuscript files…