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Subject:Re: What is a document? From:John Gilger <jgilger_it -at- NV -dot- DOE -dot- GOV> Date:Wed, 10 Mar 1999 09:08:22 -0800
Our Quality Procedures manual defines document as follows:
Any written or pictorial information describing, defining,
specifying, reporting, or certifying activities, requirements,
procedures, or results.
It is quite wordy (government procedures generally are) and on the to-do
list for revision, but that is what we use now.
Document Production Manager
IT, Las Vegas
From: Jeroen Hendrix [SMTP:jhe -at- POLYDOC -dot- COM]
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 1999 7:44 AM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: What is a document?
A question for al you wise folks,
I know some of you won't find this an important or even
but it exists here at my place. In our Q&A program, the process
documentation is described as well. Part of the Q&A exercises is
corporate terms. In the terms and definition list, the following
of the term *document* came up:
Document: A medium and the data recorded on it for human
extension, any record that has permanence and can be read by
To me, this definition is unworkable. It is vague, everything
interpreted as a document by this definition, even a file, a
or credit card. Now the trouble is to come up with something
better. To me
a document is an information carrier, with contents that can be
interpreted by humans. Machines don't read documents, but
anyone out there think of a better definition? Or tell me what
you use in
Your help is much appreciated,
Mail to: jhe -at- polydoc -dot- com