Anything back on step 1 is in original form. And while some might argue that the work of a previous validator is lost in the process, which it is, it also allows the next validator a fresh attempt at the book -- what if, for example, the initial validator was a neophyte at the process and messed up things removing page breaks, inserting control characters, you name it. If that happened, and the original was not returned to step 1, all the next validator could do is reject the book as unrecoverable. In an ideal set up, there ought to be something beyond Step 1 where a validator could return work to another for continued work. That would allow for joint work on a book taking advantage of specific skills of individual validators. But that ain't gonna happen for a variety of reasons so it isn't worth even thinking about. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.