What is the difference between proofreading and editing?
Proofreading ensures that:
- typos and spelling errors are identified and corrected
- punctuation and grammar are correct
- references and content listings are accurate
- word use and layout are consistent
Editing includes proofreading, and beyond that:
- ensures an overall consistency of both the style and readability of the document
- ensures that the language and tone are appropriate to the target audience
- raises content queries and offers practical advice
Proofediting is a newish term being used to describe editing done onscreen, usually in a Word document or pdf, where the editor uses commenting tools to make comments and suggestions for changes. The author can then choose which changes to act on.