Re: Secretary Proofing Manuals?

Subject: Re: Secretary Proofing Manuals?
From: Iggy <iggy_1996dp -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 05:55:00 -0700 (PDT)

> 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.

I agree with Dick, as I'm in a pretty similar
situation. Our documentation goes through peer review,
QA review, management review, SME review, and a final
review by the senior admin assistant for anythign that
still doesn't make sense and for typos and other
goofs. As I type I have many bugs logged in our
tracking system against our documentation. They are
treated just as seriously as development bugs... if
it's a bad bug, the product doesn't ship until it's

The more eyes you have on the documents, the better
they will be. And I repeat from a previous post,
having a fresh pair of eyes on the document can only
help. Don't take it personally, as it's not personal.
If anything, you should be happy to have the extra
help so you and your team can spend time doing what
you need to - develop accurate content.

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