Category Archives: Uncategorized

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, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Not-so-lazy summer days

I’ve been meaning to post a write-up of a recent event I attended, but I just haven’t had the time (hence my silence for almost two weeks). Seasoned freelancers will laugh at my naïveté, but having worked in house for … Continue reading