Re: Creating annual reports?

Subject: Re: Creating annual reports?
From: Larry Hoffenberg <LarryHoff -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 22:56:31 -0700

Hi Val,

As a former accountant and auditor turned tech writer, allow me to offer
some words of caution about the annual report.

I've never worked on one from the TW or DTP side, but from the accounting
side, if your company is publicly traded there may be strict guidelines
regarding the exact content as well as what boils down to the "look and
feel" of the annual report. One obvious example I know of is you can't use
"tiny font sizes," however "they" define "tiny," that your elderly investors
may not be able to decipher.

Even if your firm is a small one, official annual reports are not to be
taken lightly. They
require even more than the usual attention to details. ALL the details MUST
be perfect. Even
the tiniest mistake could be VERY costly. [Off soap box now. {8^) ]

You can probably get some good advice from your printer, and I'd strongly
recommend that your company spend the extra bucks to use a firm that has
significant experience if not expertise with annual reports and financial
statements; your average Kinko's would have one helluva time doing a
first-class job of it. Also, your company's CPAs should be able to at least
point you in the right direction for further assistance. There also may be
significant requirements
imposed by the Secretary of State of your state of incorporation.

Good luck!


Larry Hoffenberg
Technical Writing Consultant

TechWriter -at- att -dot- net

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