Good grammar, correct punctuation and consistent style make content trustworthy.
Always edit before you publish.
- Leave content for a day or two before editing
- Read content out loud or have your computer read it to you
- Ask a colleague to read your work
- Check spelling, facts and dates
- Scan content for grade level
Types of editing
This is the work of developing ideas and topics, and putting content in a logical order.
Group ideas, order steps or break information into chunks.
Ensure concepts or topics are complete so no important information is missing.
Substantive editing makes content cohesive.
It's the process of slimming down a topic or concept to its essential elements.
When editing your work or a colleague's ask
- Is it needed?
- Is it logical and consistent?
- Is any information missing?
- Is it accurate? Fact-check
During a stylistic edit, assess readability, eliminate jargon and apply plain language.
When copy editing, review content for consistency, Canadian spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Make sure to use Canadian English.
Proofreading is the final review before publishing to look for typos and grammar errors.
It's best to have someone other than the writer proofread content.
Standards compliant content has consistent tone, voice and quality. It serves a purpose and helps people find and use the information they need.
Writing for the Web
Writing for the Web is the strategy for gov.bc.ca content.