Thursday, February 05, 2004

A really quick rant about work: We design stuff, and a lot of the stuff we design has words somewhere. People send us these words in MS Word or Word Perfect files, and we insert and format them as needed. Ninety percent of the time, the people responsible for sending us these words don't read them, or even run spell check on them, before they send them to us. So we spend hours getting them flowed and formatted perfectly into whatever we're doing, and then the folks decide it's time to go over the text with a fine-toothed comb and find all the problems they could have fixed themselves before the document even got to us (oh and there are always tons). But why do that when they can wait until later and make us do the tedious work of cleaning up their text? And then to top it off, they wait until the whole document has been proofed and corrected several times before showing it to whichever Big Kahuna has final say over everything, and invariably he or she has some major, fundamental problem with the entire thing and demands a complete re-write or something.

I only exaggerate slightly.

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