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errata (See erratum)
n : a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind [syn: misprint, typographical error, typo, literal error, literal] [also: errata (pl)]

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  1. An added page in a printed work where errors which are discovered after printing and their corrections are listed; corrigenda.




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Extensive Definition

Erratum or corrigendum (plurals: errata, corrigenda) is a correction of a book. Errata are most commonly issued shortly after the original text was published. Patches to security issues in a computer program are also sometimes called errata. As a general rule, publishers issue an erratum for a production error (i.e. an error introduced during the publishing process) and a corrigendum for an author's error.

Errata sheets

An errata sheet is a common method of post-production editing in which the errors left in the produced copy are outlined on a sheet of paper bound into the book. This is a common method by which large works are "edited"; i.e. if the volume would cost too much and/or be too cumbersome to correct internally, this is an acceptable method by which one might edit the work.
It should be noted that errata sheets should only outline minor errors within a work (e.g. misspellings, improper punctuation and the like). If a major error in the construction of a sentence occurs, or if the construction is such that the sentence is ambiguous or confusing, this must be corrected within the work.

Meanings in a non-editorial context

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errata in Czech: Erratum
errata in Spanish: Errata
errata in Hebrew: אראטה
errata in Dutch: Erratum
errata in Japanese: 正誤表
errata in Norwegian: Errata
errata in Polish: Errata
errata in Swedish: Rättelse (bok)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acknowledgments, back, back matter, bastard title, bibliography, catch line, catchword, colophon, contents, contents page, copyright page, dedication, endleaf, endpaper, endsheet, flyleaf, folio, fore edge, foreword, front matter, half-title page, head, imprint, index, inscription, introduction, leaf, makeup, page, preface, preliminaries, recto, reverso, running title, signature, subtitle, table of contents, tail, text, title, title page, trim size, type page, verso
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