Re: Publication Date formatting/styles

Subject: Re: Publication Date formatting/styles
From: Mary Arrotti <mary_arrotti -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Su-Lyn <shirikit -at- gmail -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 07:27:43 -0800 (PST)


A few comments...

You refer to the documentation as "printed(ish)." Not sure what you mean by that but if you are producing docs & distributing them electronically (PDFs?) - then the line "printed in the United States" isn't relevant & may not be accurate. If you are distributing hard copy documents & printing them in the US - then the line is appropriate.

A doc that is updated over a period of time should include a range of dates - not just the most recent date. So, your boss has a good point. As for how you should show dates - check out the Chicago Manual of Style.

If you're producing copyrighted material - it's good to have a basic understanding of copyrights. You may also find these sites useful.

Su-Lyn <shirikit -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
I was wondering if anyone had any input about publication dates in
printed(ish) documentation.

Currently we have:

Published by XXXX, Inc.
October, 2006
Printed in the United States of America

Since it's a new year and a new release of our software, the printed
documentation is getting a slight overhaul. In my last position, we simply
changed the published date from "October, 2006" to "January, 2007." My new
boss thought that you might write "October, 2006 January, 2007" or
something like that. What do the Internet enabled elite think?

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