As word processors are gaining more and more popularity at a rapid pace, many technical authors are typesetting their work. However, the unfortunate fact is that most of the authors are even not acquainted with the basic principles associated with it and hence they do many typesetting mistakes. Detailed below are some of the very common mistakes done.
Failing to provide precise and clear author, titles and pages
A lot of authors are there who can’t identify their craft clearly. You will definitely need your reader to have details like who created the book. This is important to cite the same and check if there is any latest version. Therefore, make available with a time, name, version and date without fail on the very first page itself.
Not considering type size and line length
A line of 66-character is considered suitable for readability. Type and line size details are to be scrutinized very well as the best one for your purpose depends on many factors about which you must be aware of. So, it is something relative about which serious consideration has to be done. This is very crucial in technical document typesetting.
Senseless usage of mono-space fonts
When you use Courier typeface or others that have restrictions owing to mechanical constraints from typewriters, alphabet “I” is made to be in the same width as that of ‘’W”. In case if you want to get a feel that the work was produced from a typewriter, using Courier is fine but if attractiveness and consistency are your primary concerns go for any proportional font; only this will help.
Making the heads unpleasantly huge
Headings should be distinguishable; most typesetting companies in India recommend the same. In normal cases, heads are found in margins or at set off using spaces. In such cases, there is no need to make the size of head more than body type. In most circumstances, another font family need not be used though there can be exceptions.
Imperfectly indicating importance
You should not underline. It’s something solely for typewriters. In modern programs like Word Processors, italic typefaces can be used. Using bold makes your page appear blotchy. Quotation marks should be used only if it has specific purpose to serve.
Lacking control over the breaks
You should have proper control over both line breaks as well as hyphenation. Adjacent elements can be prevented from getting separated by a page break or line by using non-breaking spaces. Non-breaking hyphen avoids compound modifier’s different elements.
Failing to distinguish paragraphs clearly
Making the paragraphs clearly distinguishable is very important as failing to do so adversely impacts readability. There are two methods by which paragraphs can be identified. You can indent the very first line of all paragraphs. Else make use of paragraph formatting like separating paragraphs by something that serves similar to a blank line.
Inadequate orientation of figures
Texts and figures should be similarly oriented and this is what most of the professional digital prepress companies providing book typesetting services unfailingly do. This is vital to assure good reading experience or else the reader will have to keep on rotating the document now and then. This should not happen. Also read more about professional typesetting tips.
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