Making Documents Perfect – Proofreading Tips and Checklist: Tip #4

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Identifying Broken Cross References in Documents

Tip #4: Broken Cross-References

This is the bane of my existence when working on large documents.

When you are working on documents, especially large documents, you often reference other sections and clauses. How often is the numbering changed in a document while drafting and negotiating? Almost all the time.

When you reference the wrong section, the infamous scrivenor’s error won’t help you here. Not to mention the impact it has on the recipient’s opinion of the person reading it. Unfortunately, it’s one of the worst impressions you can make.

Additionally, referencing the wrong section will lead to confusion and potential disputes. When a reference points to a non-existent or the wrong section, provision, clause, paragraph, or ancillary, it can call the entire document into question.

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