RE: Revision identity issues

Subject: RE: Revision identity issues
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 14:58:15 -0400

Well I, for one, have major issues with people who revise their identities. It's just rude is what it is. Except when it's fraudulent. Then it's more than rude. It's illegal. Yeah, that's it. Illegal. Why it's enough to make me want to ... What? You're talking about product manuals? Oh. Never mind.

Is it Friday yet?

But seriously, forget about version numbers, revision letters, or anything similar. Manuals should have part numbers and be tracked in your BOM system. Every version of every manual in every language gets a unique number that maps it to the actual product it is shipped with and the country it is shipped to. Use the same part number as the directory name where you keep the publication files, and use a database to keep track of what part number corresponds to what search criteria (date, language, model, etc.).

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