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Re: ANN: Version Control with Subversion published by O'Reilly Media

From: Faheem Mitha <faheem_at_email.unc.edu>
Date: 2004-06-25 22:23:13 CEST

On Fri, 25 Jun 2004, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:

> On Fri, 2004-06-25 at 12:38, Faheem Mitha wrote:
> > Sounds suboptimal. I don't see why they couldn't have directly edited the
> > docbook sources and sent them back to you. Or better still, created a
> > separate branch of the repository and done commits there. :-) Surely
> > whoever was editing the book would need to know how to use subversion
> > anyway?
> No, the folks editing the book were just editors, not computer haX0rs.
> That's why O'Reilly hires outside people to do "technical reviews" of
> books. After the technical reviews are done, the book is edited just
> like any other book. AFAIK, the editors are experts in spelling,
> grammar, wording, clarity, and so on. They're not computer experts.

Hmm. Ok. I guess I assumed that to edit the book, one would need to have
some understanding of what it is about. For example, how does one measure
clarity if one does not understand that which is to be made clear?

Well, I guess that maybe they have technical people they can call on as

Thanks for the explanations and clarification.

                                             Best regards, Faheem Mitha.

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