RE: not an artifact, just a document

Subject: RE: not an artifact, just a document
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2005 16:39:31 -0500

A document:

* Conveys information directly to a human user. This is as
opposed to project artifacts like software code, which
convey information directly to other software, firmware,
or hardware.

* Is portable and usable in both printed and electronic format.
This is as opposed to a GUI, which might convey information
directly to a human user, but only within the context of its
host OS and/or hardware.

Additions and corrections to this definition are welcome!

-- Dan Goldstein

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tara Charter
> Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 1:08 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: not an artifact, just a document
> My Documentation Plan states that the plan is applicable to project
> artifacts that are documents. While I realize not all project
> artifacts are documents, I was informed today that a document is
> "any project deliverable not part of development" (eh?)- doesn't
> make any sense at all.
> I want to say the doc plan refers to *.doc format only. However, that
> is not accurate, because it could apply to a Development Case, for
> example, documented as in *.xls format. A certain company defines
> Artifacts and Documents as follows (which is also not helpful because
> it states an artifact is 'any item' while a document is an artifact
> subset that can be 'stored retrieved and exchanged' - a very
> large set, too large for a doc plan)...

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