Communication Convergence 2014

Plain language advocates Cheryl Stephens and Katherine McManus teamed up with the Society for Technical Communication’s Autumn Jonssen and EAC-BC’s Amy Haagsma to organize the first Communication Convergence mini-conference as part of the Vancouver celebrations of International Plain Language Day, October 13. Because IPL Day coincides with Thanksgiving this year, we celebrated one weekend earlier, … Continue reading “Communication Convergence 2014”

Take a walk on the wild side—nonbreaking space edition

Why nonbreaking spaces? Line breaks like Mr. Lee or World War II hinder readability because readers have to scan to the next line before they receive the information that completes the concept they’re reading about. In these cases, we want to keep the words together, and the best method is to use a nonbreaking space. … Continue reading “Take a walk on the wild side—nonbreaking space edition”

Stefan Dollinger on the changing expectations of the Oxford English Dictionary

Until December 24, 2013, Rare Books and Special Collections at the UBC Library is running an exhibition, The Road to the Oxford English Dictionary, that traces the history of English lexicography and the work that eventually led to the OED. To kick off this exhibition, Stefan Dollinger, assistant professor in the English department at UBC … Continue reading “Stefan Dollinger on the changing expectations of the Oxford English Dictionary

Going out of style

This post also appears on The Editors’ Weekly, the Editors’ Association of Canada’s official blog. *** “It’s house style.” I don’t think I fully appreciated the power of that sentence until I could no longer use it. As editors we’re constantly striving to balance the needs of the publisher, author and reader, but with the … Continue reading “Going out of style”