One very simple reason for inadequate proofreading being performed is that the appropriate tools are not available.


At it’s simplest level, we have come across situations where there was no way for the proof reader to print out documents at full size and perform the required technical dimensional checks.


More often, this situation arises when features like barcode and Braille are present in the artwork. In these cases it is necessary to provide validated tools to inspect these features and report to the proof-reader what is found.


Furthermore, when considering features such as barcodes, the process must ensure that both the information contained in the feature is correct (e.g. the product code) and the specification of the feature is correct, e.g. barcode type, cell size, modulation, quiet zones etc.



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