TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Re: Not Using the server From:John Gilger <jgilger_it -at- NV -dot- DOE -dot- GOV> Date:Wed, 31 Mar 1999 09:48:54 -0800
If this happens with mission critical documents you could be
some real problems!
Here is a real world example of the need to maintain the "master" of a
document on the server:
We are operating under a cost plus award fee contract. The award fee is
based on delivering a complete, accurate document on time.
One of the reviewers of one of our documents specified that a paragraph
be inserted in the document. The author of the document made the change
to the copy on her hard drive, but "forgot" to update the master on the
server. When we published the document, it was deemed "substantially
deficient" because the paragraph was not in it.
It cost us several thousand dollars in lost award fees.
Needless to say, we have tightened up on our in-process control