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duncan webster23/05/2016 14:06:21
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Unfortunately there is a misprint in my letter (page 773). Where the text says 'pressure drop is reduced by a factor 11.32' it should say 'pressure drop is reduced by a factor 11.32

Probably a translation problem from Libre Office to whatever word processor Diane uses

Neil Wyatt23/05/2016 15:55:37
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It's a major hazard, you would not believe how many ways authors find of simulating a degree symbol without using the actual symbol, usually superscript '0', 'O' or 'o' but they find others.

In fact one of the main tasks in preparing text for publication is stripping out all the formatting carefully applied by the contributors to make the text as 'vanilla' as possible as the designer essentially needs plain text so when they format it nothing odd happens. Also have to elkimate double spaces, redundant LF/CRs...

So, by the time they find there way through word, indesign and acrobat any clever symbols are probably going to wrong.


John Fielding23/05/2016 16:50:22
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Hi Duncan and Neil,

Yes indeed the scrambling of special symbols when it is fed through the DTP software is a real headache. When I was having my various books edited the number of times the galley proofs contained errors was amazing. The worst seems to be Greek letter symbols and square root signs. In one portion of text I wrote about a "50-ohm" resistor using the omega symbol and when translated it came out as "50W", which at first sight didn't seem an obvious mistake. Fortunately it was spotted and corrected, but it made myself and the person doing the editing pay special attention in future.

Proof reading is bad enough at the best of times, especially when rushing to meet a deadline, so I sympathise with Neil and Diane!

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