Good grammar, correct punctuation and consistent style make content trustworthy.

Content editing

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

Developmental 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

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

Stylistic editing

During a stylistic edit, assess readability, eliminate jargon and apply plain language.

Follow the Web Style Guide and the Plain Language Guide.

Copy editing

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.

Editorial review

Standards compliant content has consistent tone, voice and quality. It serves a purpose and helps people find and use the information they need. 

Publish only content that's reviewed and approved by a qualified editor. 
This ensures Web Style Guide and Plain Language Guide standards are met.

Writing for the Web

Writing for the Web is the strategy for gov.bc.ca content.