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>Is there anyone on the list that works for IMI?
There's one around here somewhere, dunno if she can answer for IMI, and I'm
not attempting to answer for her, but here goes....
The way it stands now, as far as I know; is that you can't claim to be
using IMI methodology (or advertise your documentation services as such) if
you're not IMI certified <ahem!>, nor can you use IMI software tools, or
the terms "Information Mapping," "InfoMap," etc., without noting that
"Information Mapping is a registered trademark of IMI...."
Fortunately, the chunking Police have never come around asking for my cert
or wondering where my copy of _Strategies for Producing High-Performance
Documentation_ went... 'Well, <ahem> y'see, when my marriage ended..."
More important than that, tho, will be how lame that excuse sounds when I
hafta apply for Social Security, get recalled to active duty during WWIII,
or want to listen to a particular Beatles record.
[Extra points to thos who can identify which IM principle has been violated
by the previous sentence].
>I was taught Information Mapping when I worked for a company nearly ten
>years ago. The company took the basics of IMI and revised it somewhat to
>fit their corporate policies.
>Later....I was told by the company that they had
>approached IMI once and were told that if IMI principles were followed in a
>document (like block lines, chunking, the 7+/-2 rules, etc.) that they
>would have to pay a royalty back to IMI.
>I need to know if this is true so I won't accidently break any copyright
Dan BRINEGAR, CCDB Vr2Link
Performance S u p p o r t Svcs.
vr2link -at- vr2link -dot- com http://www.vr2link.com
"Show up, be there, think it up and do it, exceed your job-description,
control your own means of production (that's yer brain)! "