Of the many proofreading aids for writers and editors, PerfectIt is my favourite.
It is a Microsoft Word add-on program that will find many of the inconsistencies you have inadvertently left in your document.
Here are some examples of the things it will find in your document:
- inconsistent spelling (e.g. you have used both ‘program’ and ‘programme’ in the same document)
- inconsistent capitalisation (e.g. you have used both ‘crown-of-thorns starfish’ and ‘Crown-of-Thorns Starfish’ in the same document)
- acronyms or abbreviations that are not explained, or have been defined in two different ways
- brackets or quotes that have not been closed.
In addition, you can make your own list of preferred spelling for words you use often and have PerfectIt check the spelling of those words in your document.
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