Re: Secretary Proofing Manuals?

Subject: Re: Secretary Proofing Manuals?
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 16:20:42 -0400


It depends. Is this a company procedure that will continue to exist after the current executive assistant has left the company? Or is it a practical acknowledgment that the current executive assistant is a good proofreader.

I know that our executive assistant is one of the two best proofreaders in the company (the other is a QA engineer). I'm always happy to have either or both of them proof anything I do. They are not editors, mind you, and their copyediting suggestions are just that. Writers and editors make final decisions on style. But proofreading is a rare skill. Take it where you find it.


TDean -at- envirosys -dot- com wrote:

>I checked the Archives, but I didn't find much on the subject directly.
>Currently, our company is re-structuring. The technical writers from the
>different groups in our company go together and agreed on review
>procedure/document process for all of us to follow as a technical writing
>group. This has never happen before - in our company, the Windows tech
>writers did one thing, and the Unix tech writers did another.
>I am very upset and insulted because the "uppers" insist on the executive
>assistant proofing all of our manuals before they go out to our customers.
>In fact, we have to start including her in our style meetings as well. Am I
>just being egotistical? Does anyone else have a similar scenario?
>The executive assistant doesn't have any control over the software so why
>should she have any control over the manuals? They are products just as

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