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Text corrections

Generally speaking, the aim is to get the text content exactly the same as in the PDF. Formatting is of secondary importance. The fundamental formatting tool is the paragraph, which is two line breaks (ie one blank line) - a single line break is not enough.

While in general the content should be the same as the PDF, the following changes should be made:

  • Page headers and footers should be removed eg
    January 1992           The Sydney Bushwalker       Page 5
  • Advertisements should be removed altogether
  • Images should be removed altogether (along with any text directly relating to that image)
  • People’s names should be corrected, if you know they are incorrect eg Ian Wolf should be Ian Wolfe
  • Place names should be corrected, if you know they are incorrect eg Wollangambe, not Wallangambe or Wollangambie
  • If a place name has a more recent, or common alternative name, add it in brackets eg Wallara Canyon [Dione Dell]
  • Note also that place names by convention do not have apostrophes eg Coxs River, not Cox’s River – if you find these, please correct them
  • Fix general spelling errors where noted
  • Punctuation and grammar may be corrected, but this is often a matter of taste, so only correct where it is clearly wrong
  • Separators such as ******** or ========= should be removed

Text formatting

The number one priority is to get the text corrected. However, it will certainly help to get it into a more readable format.

As mentioned above, the most important thing is the paragraph - leave a blank line to automatically create one.

If you would also like to format the resulting text, please use the following conventions where possible. Note that recent newsletters may have a fair bit of formatting, so some of these conventions may be difficult to follow:

  • Use bold (**bold**) in place of underlined/capitalised text, except in story titles, in which case…
  • Use Heading 2 (===== Heading 2 =====) for story titles, and Heading 3 (==== Heading 3 ====) for subtitles. Use proper case, even if the original was capitalised, unless absolutely needed.
  • Use a table for the index, and any other text requiring aligned columns

Example

For an example of a largely complete magazine, see January 1992. If you click on “Edit this page”, you can see examples of all of the formatting.

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When you are ready to start editing, see the list of magazines!

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