Re: acceptable error rates

Subject: Re: acceptable error rates
From: John Posada <jposada -at- NOTES -dot- CC -dot- BELLCORE -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 16:47:24 -0400

I create and/or compile anywhere from 500 to 1000 pages of document per week.
Considering I'm still getting input on the date it is to ship to the customer,
having an error-free document is only a dream. However, whenever anyone spots
a typo on a document, I tell them that it is the Persion Rug error.

It seems that the Persion rug weavers would always intentionaly make one error
by dropping a stich...they didn't want to insult Allah, who is perfect.


Here's another thought--anybody can have two or three typos sneak in,
but if a document is peppered with them, thats when it becomes a
reflection on how well they do their job. At least the editing part of
the job--I once worked with a great writer who couldn't edit or spell
worth a damn. So he spent his working hours on what he did best and
left the editing and proofing to another team member who was good at it.

Sella Rush, Tech Writer
Applied Technical Systems, Inc. (ATS)
Bremerton, Washington
Developers of the CCM Database

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