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I think you've got your nose out of joint for no reason.
Who cares what title is given to a good proof-reader? It sounds like
your "uppers" have the right idea when they want someone who is
independent of the doc production process doing the final proof read.
I would rather have our department's executive assistant catch one of my
bloopers than hear about it from one of our customers.
Senior Technical Writer
Acres Gaming, Inc.
From: TDean -at- envirosys -dot- com [mailto:TDean -at- envirosys -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 01:00 PM
Subject: Secretary Proofing Manuals?
I checked the Archives, but I didn't find much on the subject directly.
Currently, our company is re-structuring. The technical writers from
different groups in our company go together and agreed on review
procedure/document process for all of us to follow as a technical
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
assistant proofing all of our manuals before they go out to our
In fact, we have to start including her in our style meetings as well.
just being egotistical? Does anyone else have a similar scenario?
The executive assistant doesn't have any control over the software so
should she have any control over the manuals? They are products just as
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