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An editor's guide to working with typesetters

Updated 2021 BadgeAn editor's guide to working with typesetters aims to provide copy-editors with an understanding of how layout and typesetting is carried out, and how to mark up and prepare typescripts to help typesetters – and avoid hindering them.

Editing the language and content is only part of an editor’s job – they also need to prepare the text for the typesetter. To do this effectively, editors need to know how typesetting works and what typesetters require of them.

Course content

  1. Introduction
  2. Typesetting - an overview
  3. Tags and styles
  4. Preparing the typescript
  5. Tagging scheme - example

e-Learning modules are optimised for desktop and laptop devices and not tablets and smartphones.

Learning outcomes

By completing this module you will gain a clearer understanding of:

  • typesetting and DTP principles
  • typesetting and DTP software
  • tagging of content
  • Microsoft Word styles
  • preparing typescripts for typesetting

How does the course work?

An editor's guide to working with typesetters has five study sections along with quizzes to test your knowledge. Completion of all sections of the course will lead to a certificate of completion being issued.

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This e-Learning Module was developed with the support of the Unwin Charitable Trust.



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Five to seven hours with eight months access to the module.

PTC e-Learning Modules are concentrated, online courses that focus on specialist topics relevant to publishing working life. They are designed to build on a foundation of existing skills and experience.