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ProofreadingYou know how it's hard to proofread your own writing, how you tend not to see the most obvious mistakes in spelling and grammar? Well, I just now realized that I've stumbled onto something that makes it easier.
It so happens that when I'm writing these essays, I write using a simple text editor designed for code, but always proofread the final output using a browser. So, when I'm writing, I see the text in a fixed-width font, with the lines ragged right, like this,
In short, it looks different,
but when I'm proofreading I see the text in a different, variable-width font, with the lines concatenated and wrapped. In short, it looks different, and I think this makes it easier for me to proofread. I haven't experimented much, yet, but I imagine you could get the same effect by changing just the font, or maybe even just the font size.
I'm not sure what to make of my habit of breaking lines at phrase boundaries. It must be good for something, because it's now very hard for me to write prose if I can't control the line breaks. Most likely, it makes it easier for me to jump back and review what I've just written.
Familiarity Breeds Contempt
@ October (2000)