This is a brilliant checklist for anyone trying to do engraving or proofreading of notation. The list has been compiled courtesy of Matthew Karaś of Toronto Music Service, a fine engraver (interestingly, mostly of complex pop music transcriptions) and a major contributor to the group.
- Double check the paper size/margins?
- Try various layouts (systems per page, measures per system) to best suit the paper size/number of pages?
- One last check for reducing awkward page turns?
- Optimize staff spacing (automatic, manually, or both)?
- Parts match the score? No graphics or text were lost in translation?
- Align all floating text along the Y-axis?
- Level all hairpins with accompanying dynamics?
- Place dynamics are appropriate level from the staff (not straying from the notehead), not so close they’re clashing?
- If a grand staff, are the dynamics/hairpins in the midpoint of the staff (where applicable)?
- Right hand to God, did you use the Music Font, the whole Music Font, and nothing but the Music Font for dynamics?
- Remove redundant text/accidentals/other superfluous information?
- Kern all necessary measures, noteheads, accidentals?
- Ensure that dynamics are below the staff/tempo and performance directions are above?
- Square the metronome mark with the leftmost edge of the time signature?
- Check all of the slurs, hyphens, and punctuation?
- One last check for visual crowding/collisions?