>I haven't posted in awhile, many personal things going on, but I
>have gotten a new job as a proofreader part-time, for a small
>company that prints business forms.
>The company I will be working for uses hot metal slugs for
>printing, and from what I understand; this is an older, more
>antiquated form of printing. I will be proofing from the slugs
>and reading backwards.
>I would appreciate any advice from anyone who has experience in
>this type of proofing, or am I concerned about nothing and should
>just proof the way I normally would (except for the backwards part
I grew up with this stuff and did my time at the London College of
Printing just as it went out of general commercial use.
What I find hard to believe is that you would need to proof from the
type. What a printer uses is a proofing press, which is a (usually)
hand-operated flatbed from which you can print small numbers of copies
from a forme (frame) of metal type. You then proof from the print in
the normal way. The only time you'd need to read the type is if you
were being asked actually to make the corrections themselves, which is
almost inconceivable, as it's a job for the compositor: it requires
substantial skill and training to set metal type properly (maybe they
want to train you as a comp. :-)
In any event, if they truly are using slugs, that means they are
setting with a Linotype or Intertype machine, which is a non-trivial
operation (unless they are using a Ludlow machine for headlines, which
is pretty simple)
Anyway, good luck, and let us know how it goes.