Re: Coding documentation?

Subject: Re: Coding documentation?
From: Hannah Drake <hannah -at- formulatrix -dot- com>
To: Haim Roman <haim -dot- roman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2013 14:54:22 -0500

Excellent responses. Are there any conventions anyone could suggest?


On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 2:46 PM, Haim Roman <haim -dot- roman -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> punctuation can be useful in breaking up long numbers. E.g., I often put
> dashes in phone numbers.
> That said, Dan brings an excellent example of unnecessary punctuation.
>
> -- Howard (Haim) Roman
>
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- cytomedix -dot- com
> >wrote:
>
> > Some initial thoughts:
> >
> > Avoid unnecessary strings of zeros ("P/N 1350000056").
> > Avoid unnecessary punctuation ("P/N 135-678.90-2/4").
> > If you use lettered prefixes ("P/N QT75729A2"), keep the prefix chart as
> > brief as possible.
> > Avoid using letters that can be confused with numbers (O for 0, I for 1,
> > etc.).
> > Never use case-sensitive letters (e.g., QT75729A2 and qt75729a2 should be
> > the same document).
> > Use a consistent method for distinguishing releases from drafts: letters
> > in suffixes, numbers in suffixes, dates in suffixes, etc.
> > Ask as many people as possible to review the system before you implement
> > it. Ignore anyone who finds a way to complicate the proposed system, and
> > worship anyone who finds a way to simplify it.
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Hannah Drake
> > Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 2:17 PM
> > To: techwr-l
> > Subject: Coding documentation?
> >
> > Hi TechWrl Family,
> >
> > (I'm loving this list by the way) -- Now that my company has started to
> > grow a library of professional documentation, someone suggested assigning
> > part numbers to the documentation instead of just the date it was
> released.
> > But, the convention they use for our part numbers doesn't quite work for
> > documentation.
> >
> > What numbering conventions can you suggest? Right now I just keep the
> > latest version of something on our Google wiki, which has a version
> > history, so that sort of works. But I feel like it would look more
> polished
> > if we started using some fancy, "no idea what that number means --
> > QT75729A2 is so mysterious" numbering system.
> >
> >
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