Re: New slant: professionalism

Subject: Re: New slant: professionalism
From: Roger Mallett <roger -at- CSICAL -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 09:11:06 -0700

Damien,

You are dead-on. Mil specs are simply examples, and typically
inconsistent examples. I have seen that sideways bus many time. For
those who haven't had the opportunity to work with mil specs, let it be
known that inconsistency doesn't render a spec ineffective. Mil specs
are loosely bounded areas which are further restricted by agreements
between the parties involved.

Your sample chapter approach is a very good way for the provider and
customer to come to a meeting of the minds on what the spec(s) mean
(i.e., to approve an interpretation).


>----------
>From: Damien Braniff[SMTP:Damien_Braniff -at- PAC -dot- CO -dot- UK]
>Sent: Monday, April 27, 1998 1:09 AM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: New slant: professionalism
>
>
>Re MIL Standards. I too have spent several (!) years writing for the
>military (in the UK) and while some of the spec were indeed quite
>stringent
>there were others you could drive a bus through - sideways! This was
>mainly down to how the spec could be interpreted. In the end what we
>did
>was, for each job, produced a "model chapter" basd on the spec and got
>that
>approved. In effect we specified the interpretation of the spec so
>that
>any ambiguity was removed.
>
>A lot of the "bad writing" comes, in part, due to documentation HAVING
>to
>be provided as part of the contract and, as long as it was there, it
>didn't matter wod did it or what it looked like. Thankfully that is
>(has??) changing in most places. Recently, however, I did a brief
>survey of
>local companies about what they thought of documentation - what they
>used,
>who wrote it, how important it was (1=V important, 9=had to have some).
> On
>the whole the replies rated the importance in the region 1-3 but there
>were
>still a couple of 9s in there.
>
>Damien Braniff
>Technical Author
>PAC International
>
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