[BCAB] thoughts on a job requirement
Colin_Phelan at pmlgroup.com
Tue Oct 22 08:53:06 BST 2019
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
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
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.
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