Monday, February 9, 2009
Hunt down misplaced hyphens
As a book evolves before publication, sentences, paragraphs and pages go through many changes.
Sometimes a word that had been on the end of a line of text and needed a hyphen, ends up in the middle of a line and no longer needs a hyphen -- but it's still there.
The problem is most common when hyphens are manually added by the writer, rather than automatically added by the word processing robot.
Misplacements frequently occur when you change the location or size of an illustration.
You'll probably find some of the errant hyphens during regular proofreading, but to be safe you should do a "search" for hyphens.
In a long book it can take an hour or more, but the result will be worth it.