LinkLine: Winter 2014-15

Communicating Continuous Updates To Our Users

(See also the 2014 Fall Newsletter Article of the same title for more information)

As of March 2014, SLE specifications are updated constantly and continuously. Prior to this, quarterly updates coincided with the quarterly newsletter. In each newsletter we would generally write a summary of each section that was updated.

Now, you can go directly to the SpecLink-E Catalog Listings and Updates page. We supply you links to where you can get a list of the updates for each section, either in PDF or spreadsheet format.

SLE has five types of updates, which we have listed below with descriptions of each type. Note that a "new" section will remain "new" until it receives its first update.

Update Type      Description
New Section:     A new section was added to SpecLink-E.
Ref. Standard:   Updated reference standard and section content reviewed; updated accordingly.
Mfr. / Product:    Updates to manufacturer product information and any subsequent content information.
Quick-N-Easy:     Minor updates that affect the content and error management.
Internal:             Content update. Any content update beyond minor changes requiring research and collaboration.

Below is a snippet of the update report for Sections 040511 and 04200. Users can see at a glance what has happened to each section since we started the continuous updating process in March of 2014.


















For an interim period, we will have available for download quarterly PDF update reports and a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet report of all updates for all sections for all quarters since March 2014. It is our plan to eventually have this data available, filterable, sortable, printable and downloadable on the website.

Catalog Listings

Catalog listings will be updated monthly and can be found on our website here. We have a comprehensive listing of sections, listings by specific categories, and listings by division. As in the continuous updating reports, a section is "new" until it gets updated. Prior to continuous updating a section was "new" for a quarter.