[cabfpub] Amendment versus Erratum

kirk_hall at trendmicro.com kirk_hall at trendmicro.com
Fri May 24 01:18:43 UTC 2013

Fellow members - a nit, not important, but ... can we stop calling changes or amendments to our documents "Errata" and just call them Amendments?

Here's the Wikipedia definition of erratum / errata:

An erratum or corrigendum (plurals: errata, corrigenda) (comes from Latin: errata corrige) is a correction of a book or article. An erratum is most commonly issued shortly after its original text is published. Patches to security issues in a computer program are also sometimes called errata. As a general rule, publishers issue an erratum for a production error (i.e., an error introduced during the publishing process) and a corrigendum for an author's error.

Almost none of our ballots are about correcting errors - the are about changing an existing rule to a different rule for some intervening reason (but in most cases there was nothing wrong with the earlier rule).

I hate to see CABF updated published as "Errata" as it implies to the public that we made lots of mistakes.  Let's just relabel all these as Amendments.

Kirk R. Hall
Operations Director, Trust Services
Trend Micro

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