usage: detail(ed) design

Subject: usage: detail(ed) design
From: "Summers, Jan" <jans -at- APSMSMAIL -dot- PCMAIL -dot- PRC -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 1995 07:57:00 EDT

A few of my authors are disagreeing on whether to say "detail design" or
"detailed design." Before working at this company, all the authors I worked
with called it a "detailed design." There are a few here who choose to omit
the "ed." I have been asked to give my "expert" editorial opinion (uh-oh)
and back up my opinion with sources. I have three computer dictionaries,
none of which mention this kind of design. So far, I can only go by the
dictionary, Webster's 10th. I would choose "detailed" because it is acting
as an adjective, but I would like your opinions and, if possible, sources.

Thanks for your help. They've got me in a corner.
Jan Dee Summers/Technical Editor
jans -at- apsmsmail -dot- pcmail -dot- prc -dot- com

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