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November 3, 2006

More on Formatting Standards

by @ 4:43 am. Filed under Indexing

Over the past few days, I’ve received several phone calls or emails from folks with questions about the document formatting standards which were to go into effect on January 1, 2007. As I wrote here last week, the Registers of Deeds Association voted on October 23 to defer the implementation date of these standards for another year. So if anyone brings up this topic, please let them know about the delay. It’s not just a delay, either. We’ve created a subcommittee (with me as chair) to refine those standards that relate to minimum margin requirements and minimum font size. Both these, as now written, may be overreach. Our intent was to present a clearly stated, easy to interpret standard, yet in seeking to do that, we arrived at a “one size fits all” rule when a more flexible, results-oriented standard would be more appropriate. In the coming months, the formatting subcommittee will meet to discuss this further. We’d like to receive input from registry users although I’m not sure how that input should be best solicited or received. I’ll write more about that later.

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