Another reason why a running comments from folks who release a book might
Perhaps I validate a book but become too busy to finish it. I could put in something in the comments field such as
There are a lot of line breaks which occur randomly in the middle of sentences or because the book has them every so many characters for printing purposes.
Lots of words are split by "- ".
Then the second person who validates the book can quickly make those corrections. Perhaps the book would get through the process faster.
At 04:40 AM 12/6/2005, you wrote:
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.
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