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I believe in accuracy as much as the next anal technical writer, but I try
to temper it with a little pragmatism.
> > THE Subject Matter Expert on this particular capability
> > asked, "Do we want this documentation to be 100% accurate?
> > Or is pretty close good enough for our needs?" It seems
> > that he was concerned with whether or not he actually needed
> > to review the documentation...
> I'd tell him I tested it and it's already 100% accurate.
>> Ask him if his code is 100% bug free.
A bug in the application crashes 4 times a second or a dialog message says
"Select the data file or foldar, then click the Next button" Both are errors
and make the application less than 100% accurate" Is it possible that an
error can be less than a big deal?
>>Out of every 12-pack of sodas, at least one can contains a roach.
>>and so on.
Out of every 12 pack, at least one label is applied .05mm below the
specified line. it is still an error.
>As we used to say (referring to operating system bugs), a one-in-a-
million bug happens four times a second....
Only if that part of the operating system is run 4 million times a second.
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com
"Be accurate...the 4am wakeup call you prevent could be your manager's"
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Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 1:08 PM
Subject: RE: Bouncing Reality Checks
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