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  • Use the zoom buttons to examine documents more closely. You may also pan around the document. Make sure you preserve any dates contained in the material!
  • Preserve the spelling of the document, even if words are misspelled. Note that spelling can be widely variable, even among documents written by the same person! Preserve spoken or sung colloquialisms and grammar variations in audio and video works.
  • Suppose you cannot read or understand a word or a phrase? The place the term “undecipherable” in [brackets].
  • Preserve punctuation as it is in the document, even if it’s incorrect!
  • Represent typographical conventions as much as possible. Capitalization, underlining, and strikethroughs are all important pieces of documentary evidence. See the MediaWiki formatting manual for more information. If you can reproduce a symbol using your keyboard, do so. Otherwise make a note describing the symbol in [brackets].
  • To indicate a paragraph, user two hard returns to leave a line between the paragraphs in the editing window. Record any marginalia or notes written on the document, including postal notations and administrative notes. With audio and video transcription, be sure to note who is speaking and changes among speakers.
  • If you have additional information about the document or wish to explain any of your transcription decisions, use the discussion option in Scripto to record your notes.