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)]
- An error, especially one in a printed work.
- German: Erratum (1)
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.
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
- Design errors and mistakes in a CPU's hardwired microcode may also be referred to as an erratum. One well publicised example is Intel's "flag" erratum in early Pentium processors, known as the Pentium_FDIV_bug. This made the conversion of floating point numbers to integers unreliable due to an exception not being signaled under certain conditions.
- - A WikiBooks project collecting errata from printed works and organizing them by ISBN or PMID.
- href="http://support.intel.com/support/processors/flag/">http://support.intel.com/support/processors/flag/ Pentium Pro Flag Erratum
erratum in Czech: Erratum
erratum in Spanish: Errata
erratum in Hebrew: אראטה
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erratum in Japanese: 正誤表
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erratum in Swedish: Rättelse (bok)
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