Professionally edited XML markup
Xmplar's editors are all qualified professionals with long service in freelancing and in-house production. We have handled conventional word processing jobs for government and academic clients, have industry knowledge and are well acquainted with publication standards.
Clients benefit from our expertise in high-level publishing production services—from research, writing and editing right through to author liaison, document design and formatting. We are well resourced to handle large and complex documents, and collaborative authoring.
Throughout the editing process, we attend briefing sessions and regularly review material with authors, managers and relevant staff to ensure that we apply appropriate style and that documents are complete—such as checking for missing material and clarifying information. For complex documents, we would progress through several drafts from substantive editing and copy editing to proofreading.
Substantive editing is a complete assessment of document structure, logical paragraph and sentence structure, language style, spelling, grammar, fact-checking, accuracy of citations and references, ensuring figures and tables are referenced in the text, presenting statistical and tabular data, and graphics editing. The service also covers compilation of preliminary matter and end matter—such as an executive summary, contents, lists of figures and tables, acronyms, glossary, references and appendices. For EPUB ebooks and web pages, we also add metadata.
Copy editing is the next stage, where we recheck the whole document is complete, preliminary matter and end matter are finalised, text and graphics match up and are formatted correctly, and statistical data are represented appropriately. We follow up with authors if any new material needs to be incorporated.
Proofreading typically involves checking spelling and grammar—a 'last look' for any typos before the document is prepared for indexing.