We had an interesting chat with one of our associates this week about forms (I know, it doesn’t sound like a very interesting topic!). Filling in forms is probably one of the most tedious tasks on the planet. Half the time you even wonder whether you’re filling in the right one. Some of the information you’re asked for seems so irrelevant, but you worry that if you fail to fill everything in the form will come back to you and you’ll be back to square one.
Proofreading shouldn’t be limited to books, articles and reports. A good proofreader will correct spelling and grammar (obviously), but will also look at functionality. Does the document (whatever its type) work? Is it clear? So often the author has been working on their document for so long that they can’t see it from the intended recipient’s point of view: it’s a classic case of ‘I know what I mean’.
The proofreader is that all-important second pair of eyes – a test run, if you like.
And if the form passes the ‘proofreader test’, you can pretty much guarantee that it’s fit for public consumption.