Re: Constant Revisions

Subject: Re: Constant Revisions
From: Helen Obaze <hobaze -at- GOSAFEGUARD -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 13:28:11 -0400

This is how I handle the issue of contant revisions:
- If a chapter has minor revisions (less than half of the chapter has
changed), I just reprint the revised pages. I put a date on every page (in
the footer) to keep track of the version.
- If there are additional pages in a chapter, I add letters to the
numbering system. For example, if I needed to insert a new page between
page 1-2 and 1-3, I would number the inserted pages as 1-2a, 1-2b, 1-2c,
and so on. I have never had changes that required going beyond the letter
"Z" so I am not sure how I would handle that. The inserted pages also get
a date in the footer - just the month and year.
- I send just the changed pages to the printer.
- When distributing the changed pages to the users, I include instructions
that they are to replace the old pages and leave pages that do not have a
corresponding new page. My audience is used to this sort of thing and they
are not confused by it.
I hope this helps.


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> From: Ava Carmel <Ava -at- escmed -dot- com>
> To: TECHWR-L -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu
> Subject: Constant Revisions
> Date: Thursday, August 28, 1997 10:14 AM
>
> Help!
> I am constantly revising a number of manuals for machines which change
> every day. The manuals are presently spiral-bound, but I plan to switch
> to ring binders, so as to be able to replace individual pages or
> chapters, rather than reprinting the entire manual for every new
> revision. About five out of seven chapters remain the same in each
> revision. Sometimes the changes in the other chapters are minor, but
> there are times when the changes are major and all the screen grabs have
> to be updated.
>
> Each manual has a code number and a revision number. I work in Word 7,
> and the page numbering is 1-1, 1-2, etc.
>
> What is the best way to keep track of the revisions, which will be
> coming out about once a month for each of the machines? Should I
> reprint single pages or entire chapters? How should I number the pages?
>
> Should I send the entire manual out for printing and then photocopy
> individual pages that are changed, or order pages as needed?
>
> Ava Carmel
>
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