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I'm writing a document and I need to discuss sessions during which one party presents a document and walks the other party through the document, reading each sentence out loud, asking for any comments or questions, and ending with a final edited document.

Is there a standard business jargon term for this? Does "walkthrough" work?

Thanks, Ilan

  • This sounds like basic (out loud) group proofreading to me. – Kevin Workman Jul 29 '14 at 13:42
  • HI- it's not proofreading. They aren't correcting spelling/punctuation errors- they're looking for problems with the content. – Ilanysong Jul 29 '14 at 13:44
  • That is part of proofreading. – Kevin Workman Jul 29 '14 at 13:45
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    I'm not convinced proofreading would ordinarily include verification of content to most people. Besides which it's usually a solo process, not interactive. What you're talking about here is a document review meeting (or perhaps an approval process). – FumbleFingers Jul 29 '14 at 13:47
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    Review seems better to me. I wouldn't use walkthrough because that doesn't suggest the idea of the document changing as a result of the meeting. – Rupe Jul 29 '14 at 13:49
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This sounds like a Review

A formal assessment or examination of something with the possibility or intention of instituting change if necessary

It is not a Walkthrough. For example, when used in Software Engineering, a Walkthrough is a specific IEEE standard process, that

differs from software technical reviews in its openness of structure and its objective of familiarization.

So I recommend Review.

  • To add to this, depending on the context of the meeting, you may call this a "peer review" - these are quite common with technical documentation. – SQLSavant Jul 30 '14 at 12:46
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I was informed by the client that the term they use is: "guided walkthrough"

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Ilan

  • Instead of posting this as an answer, you could edit your original question and add an "update" section to it, describing this. (: – Neeku Aug 5 '14 at 8:57
  • Hi- didn't know that option was available. Will do so next time, thanks. – Ilanysong Aug 6 '14 at 9:05

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