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You could keep the Doc. Version number, but have a different date - e.g.
Rel. 1.0 05/06, Rel 1.0, nn/06, etc, for similar updates to the doc.
Also include a revision history page in the doc if you haven't already,
so the reader can tell that the product hasn't changed, just the
information about it contained in the doc.
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Subject: Re: doc release numbering
The dept is fairly new (just myself now), and there is simply no method
now in place. There was one writer before me, but she did nothing along
I am here just 4 months now, so I am trying to set some standards.
I like your ideas below, but I am just dealing with hardware (for this
Is it kosher to put something like Documentation Version 1.0, and so on,
on the title page (where I used to put the software version, when I
wrote about just software)? Again, here the hardware is not changing.
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From: Lisa Roth <roth -dot- lisa -at- jimmy -dot- harvard -dot- edu>
> I think the biggest issue that would help shape your answer is how do
> you number docs now?
> Our system, for example, is composed of a dept code, a sequential
> that represents nothing more than the fact that it's the nth document
> produced *ever* for that department, followed by "v1, v2," etc.
> So our docs simply get ticked up in the version # and a version note
> added. In a circumstance like your the version note might read "For
> software version 1.2. Updated to correct instructions in section X."
> Then when a truly new software version came out, the note might read:
> "For software version 2.0. Updated to document new software modules
> features. Updated instructions for workflows in the new version."
> or something vaguely to that effect.
> I know other places do docs similarly to the software numbering where
> is the first doc for a s/w version, but minor updates to the doc *in
> between* new software versions are 1.1, 1.2, etc.
> obair81 -at- comcast -dot- net wrote:
> > Due to things beyond my control, we (I) had to turn out a doc set
> for a new hardware product, and next I will have to turn out another
> doc set for the same product. The product name/number have not
> > Is there any sort of standard for numbering versions of the docs, if
> product is not changing?
> > I have not dealt with this question before.
> > The voice(s) of experience would be welcome.
> > Thanks.
> > best,
> > Paul
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