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From: "Wilcox, John (WWC, Contractor)" <wilcoxj -at- WDNI -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 10:33:34 -0700

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> From: Jill
> Burgchardt[SMTP:jburgcha -at- PESTILENCE -dot- ITC -dot- NRCS -dot- USDA -dot- GOV]
> I have a similar situation. I'm about to release a manual that is
> currently 22
> chapters long. I know that 5 more chapters will be added over the next
> two
> years. The chapters will be inserted between existing chapters.
> Due to printing costs (inhouse distribution) we don't want to reprint
> the 22
> chapters that are complete when the new chapters are added. We also
> don't want
> to tack the new chapters on out of sequence with how they'll be used.
My first question is rhetorical: Since when was the government concerned
about costs? (Nothing personal, Jill, just a thought.)

As to your dilemma, if the chapters are printed in the sequence in which
they'll be used, why print anything beyond a missing chapter until that
chapter is available? If you're missing chapters 9, 15, and 18, why not
print 1-8, then 9-14, then 15-17, then 18-22? I would prefer to receive
multiple volumes rather than a patchwork manual.


John Wilcox, Documentation Specialist
Timberlands Information Services
Federal Way, Washington USA
mailto: wilcoxj -at- wdni -dot- com
(I don't speak for Weyerhaeuser, and they return the favor.)

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