RE: A little respect for "unvalidated"

Subject: RE: A little respect for "unvalidated"
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 16:08:28 -0400

Robert Lauriston suggested:
> "If your device works perfectly, but your customers can't use it
> correctly ...": in other words, you tested the device to validate its
> usability and it failed, right?
> Why not just use the standard English "not validated" or "not
> yet validated"?

And, as in my industry, when there are some that we just don't bother to validate? Or rather, we don't go to the time (from several months, to more than a year) and considerable expense of submitting them to third-party labs that validate them against a government standard...?

They're still "validated" by Engineering Test group (formerly called... wait for it... Product Validation), and also by QA before they ship, but they might be an interim or niche version and thus not worth the trouble to get 'em certified as validated against the government standard.

"Validated and not validated HSMs are functionally identical and are designed and built to the same performance and security standards." I dunno. Sounds clunky to me.

The "not validated" could also become scan-error-inducing if it occurred at an inconvenient physical location on a page.

I wonder how many people would ever be confused by "un" in front of a word that they knew.

Is it that I only imagine "un" to be a standard, common English prefix, well-known for its meaning and its effect on any word it precedes?

- Kevin

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