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Subject:Re: SME Instranigence From:Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 26 Feb 1997 07:57:42 PST
>When you have tried every trick in the book, but still cannot get the
>information you need, what do you do?
I would put the word "DRAFT" on every page, and have a preface that
says, "This document is presented in draft form. It has not received a
thorough technical review."
That's it, you're done.
You see, you are not a one-stop doc shop -- you are part of a documentation
PROCESS, which necesarily has other players. (This is the cricial point
at which I differ with the "no typos in resumes" crowd. Resumes are
necessarily produced without several crucial production steps, and must
thus be considered to be drafts. Documentation is a process -- exhorting
writers to be perfect when critical steps are absent is an example of
bad management at its most blatant. But I digress.) The document cannot be
finished without a technical review. If a technical review is not
forthcoming, you have no choice but to (a) not publish the document, or
(b) publish the document but make its unfinished status clear to the
Robert Plamondon, High-Tech Technical Writing, Inc.
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