In this part we first turn our attention to matters of editorial, or mechanical, style: punctuation, spelling, hyphenation, capitalization, numbers, quotations, abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols. We then look at the conventions and procedures used in copyediting material that is not running text: tables and graphs, notes and bibliographies, and front and back matter. The final chapter in this part addresses typecoding and design specifications (“specs”).
These chapters are intended to raise your editorial awareness and to show you how copyeditors make decisions. They also clarify some of the more difficult points in the major style manuals, identify some of the principal differences among the manuals, and discuss vexing mechanical problems that are not addressed in the manuals.