[BCAB] thoughts on a job requirement

Colin Phelan Colin_Phelan at pmlgroup.com
Tue Oct 22 08:53:06 BST 2019

Hi Giles,
Whilst I would never want to dissuade anyone from applying for a challenging role, from my perspective of decades of producing client facing documents I have never gained the confidence or actually ability to replicate sight in checking a document is formatted and I continue to use a resource to double check all documents before they leave me.
I think the checks and balances to get the final 10% of format would be difficult to complete efficiently and in a productive manner also without being able to see what you are doing.
The spelling etc.. is the easy bit, perhaps a support worker could assist with the final polish.
All the best 

-----Original Message-----
From: Giles Turnbull [mailto:giles.turnbull at gmail.com] 
Sent: 22 October 2019 08:07
To: bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk
Subject: [BCAB] thoughts on a job requirement

Hi all,

I know everybody's skills vary in terms of what they find easy or difficult to do as a blind person, but I wondered what thoughts you have on this element of a proofreader job I quite fancy applying for.
The bulk of the role is spotting typos and grammatical errors, but there is also this:

* To ensure that all inspection reports adhere to the correct templates, are formatted correctly and meet house style.

I used to use house styles when I worked for the Civil Service in my sighted days. Now I'm totally blind and use NVDA. I know I can configure NVDA to read things like margin widths and fonts etc, but I'm not sure that alone would enable me to detect whether it was the correct template.

Any thoughts?



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