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If you edit for usage and punctuation problems, as covered in the previous units, it is still possible you can be inconsistent. Consistency is something that editors must focus on—whether it's dialog or dialogue, floppy disk or diskette, italics or regular roman. Editors must also make "editorial calls" when the standards contradict each other or when no standards exist. To make these "calls," editors must know how to search for trends in the same company's publications, in industry publications, and in similar publications on the Internet. The results of their research are captured in a style sheet for an individual document. You as an editor are critical for this function because writers are not adept at such research nor have the scope or time to make such calls.
In this unit, you'll do the following:
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