The worst doc problem ever?

Subject: The worst doc problem ever?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Lech Rzedzicki <xchaotic -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008 08:50:48 -0400

Lech Rzedzicki wrote: <<A friendly group of techwriters uses a
process, known to many of you as change bars. Chnagebars make it easy
for the SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) to see where the changes
happened and it is mostly because of the SMEs that the changebars are
used at all.>>

I do primarily substantive editing, so I gave up completely on change
bars when I realized my edits always ended up with a long black
streak running continuously down the margin from the first line to
the last line -- kinda looked like someone had scratched the drum on
the laser printer. <g>

But more seriously, once we realized how grossly inefficient change
bars were for serious editing, I spent a lot of time teaching my
authors to use Word's revision tracking, and comparable alternatives
when revision tracking wasn't available, and once they'd gotten over
the learning curve, they never looked back.

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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