RE: reviewing <ptui>

Subject: RE: reviewing <ptui>
From: "Glenn Maxey" <glenn -dot- maxey -at- voyanttech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 12:58:38 -0700

< Edited>

> I sent a document to a developer [who] has returned the document
> with a couple of chapters (long ones) unreviewed, saying that he doesn't
have time to
> review any more of it, and I shouldn't have "made so many changes"... The
> sees no problem with me reformatting and some mild restructuring, accepts
> that the corrections were necessary, but rejects most of the editing as
> trivial. (English is not his first language, and IMO the edits I
> made *were* necessary, though I agree that his text is mostly
comprehensible, though
> tough going, without them.)

It is one thing when the audience has to read a passage twice to understand
the technical content, but entirely another if they have to read it twice
just to figure out what the writer was trying to say BEFORE considering the
technical content.

I concur with the other postings. If both versions have problems, use your
version because it probably has fewer problems. You probably didn't change
the technical meaning any more than his mangled version obscured it. Go
forward, not back.

You did your job faithfully. Stick to your guns.

Whether or not he reviews it for technical accuracy is between him and the
project manager. If he is really pressed for time, then he should be happy
that you did anything at all to make his work better.

Glenn Maxey
Voyant Technologies, Inc.
Tel. +1 303.223.5164
Fax. +1 303.223.5275
glenn -dot- maxey -at- voyanttech -dot- com

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