Tutorial without final data (%, $)? (Take II)

Subject: Tutorial without final data (%, $)? (Take II)
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 10:27:05 -0400

Ruby Isaacs provided additional data: <<In the past, researchers had to look
for the statistical data in a book filled with tables and charts. When the
most recent statistics are published, in November, the software designer
will plug the percentages and dollar figures into the program. Until then,
the interface will present tables and charts that contain old statistical
data. The data is published every four years.>>

Given that this is the case, your examples will inevitably be out of date;
among other things, the publication frequency may increase (the Web tends to
do this <g>), and if the manual lasts longer than the period between
updates, there's nothing much you can do about it. The simplest solution in
this case is to preface your examples with "This example is based on the
Nov. 1998 data. You will see more recent data when you work through your own
examples using the software."

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