RE: For Limited distribution??

Subject: RE: For Limited distribution??
From: "technical writing plus" <doc-x -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 13:59:37 -0600

Methinks that this is an interesting discussion - as a translator, sometimes
I do stuff for attorneys and sometimes they might want something
stiff-sounding like 'privileged and confidential attorney work product'. For
the users of the documents which have that particular phrase, the meaning is
clear. But to someone who is outside their system, it might not be clear.

Likewise the OP's 'for limited distribution'. Except that the phrase 'for
limited distribution' has also been used to hype the appeal of a product.

To sum it up, I don't know what to say except that the phrase 'for limited
distribution' probably (as it ought to) means a specific thing to those
people in your company who might read it.

The phrase 'not for public consumption' is another that I have become aware
of. In this vein why not just keep on using 'for limited distribution' but
add a colon and a list of the names of those who are supposed to review the

-----Original Message-----
The government puts "For Official Use Only" in the header and footer on
every page. Sometimes it adds a second line, "No Foreign Distribution".
You could say "No distribution beyond XYZ Co." or whatever is
appropriate after "For Official Use Only." Note that such designations
do not make a document "classified".

I am looking for the proper way to state that a document is for limited
distribution. Right now the documentation goes out with a small notice
that simply says "For Limited Distribution" on the cover page. However,
it does not seem to be getting noticed...does anyone have any
suggestions on how to phrase this a bit more forcefully, without looking
like I am trying to hit them over the head with it?


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