Prompts for customising content - Guidance notes and Tildes
Essential to editing and customising is to read and respond to the guidance notes included in Masterspec. The guidance notes provide hints on where to find related information and on whether a clause should be retained or deleted. Guidance notes may also offer the specifier a range of alternative selections.
To see the guidance notes select Show/Hide Guidance Notes under the Masterspec tab. They appear as follows:
Although visible on screen the guidance notes will not print – this is a default in Word. We recommend that guidance notes be visible for the duration of the editing and customising phase; both for the technical assistance they provide and for accurate formatting.
In addition to the guidance notes a special character, ~ (tilde), is used as a prompt for the specifier to add further information. The tilde is generally used only once at the start of each clause, to reduce the need to remove multiple symbols. If you do not wish to add information, the whole line of text containing the tilde must be removed; in keeping with good specification practice. Also, tildes will print so it is essential they be replaced or deleted.