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Differentiating Amendment Text

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I have seen inserted text underlined, italicized, or in bold print. When a sentence has been struck and new text is inserted, is there a standard rule regarding differentiating the new text from the struck text? 

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Not that I know of.  A sort of ad hoc "standard" might be Micro$oft's Track Changes (AKA "redline") system. 

I, professionally, review a fair number of bylaw amendment texts and it is very easy to spot any embedded changes with that system.  (This is not a commercial.)

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4 hours ago, Byron Baxter said:

I have seen inserted text underlined, italicized, or in bold print. When a sentence has been struck and new text is inserted, is there a standard rule regarding differentiating the new text from the struck text? 

It has become common procedure, perhaps just through custom, that when a document such as bylaws (or a state statute or city ordinance) is being amended, strikethrough is used to indicate text which is being struck out by the amendment and underlining is used to indicate new text being inserted.  I don't know what the custom is, if any, regarding the use of italicized or bold print.

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Strikethrough and underline is certainly the custom observed where I have been.  This has served well, even in fairly complex rules changes.  But there is no rule.

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