Proper Documentation Demands Dummy-Proof Instructions


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In this day and age, many people use acronyms, slang, abbreviated text, and poor English on social media and even in e-mail business correspondence. That’s a red flag for our industry to take a step back and evaluate how we’re going about writing PCB design, fabrication, and assembly documentation. In some cases, technical personnel can easily fall victim to, and duplicate the same level of, the type of social media communication they’re using and easily transfer it to critical PCB documentation.   Now, at the other extreme, I’m not talking about using the King’s English when it comes to defining and writing proper and exact documentation for PCB design, fabrication, and assembly operations. I’m not talking about using big words and fancy language--far from it. I’m saying that words and phrases need to be clearly understandable and to the point without embedding any ambiguity in the documentation.    Why is the proper documentation such a big deal?Read the full article here.Editor's Note: This column originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of SMT Magazine.

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