I'm hitting a problem where we're using forms of the word final with three different meanings:
- Final evaluation, as opposed to midterm evaluation
- Final version, as opposed to draft version
- Finalizing (where an administrator reviews a final version of a final evaluation and approves it for viewing by the evaluatee)
Where this becomes really confusing is when I want to tell the evaluator that he needs to save his evaluation as a final version, not a draft version, before it will be submitted for finalization. (If it matters, this is a change from how it worked previously: they used to have to keep the evaluations as drafts, and the administrator would do both the saving-as-final-version and finalizing. Yes, it was even more confusing.)
Usage 1 is a term of art, so I kind of have to stick with it. For usage 3, I can come up with sorta-acceptable substitutes like review or approval. But I'm totally stuck on usage 2. I can't find any antonyms for this meaning of draft, and none of the synonyms for final seem unambiguous enough to use on a submit button. (The buttons currently say "Save Final" and "Save Draft".) Help?
Context: this is part of an online evaluation system, i.e. html forms in a web browser. The process, roughly:
- At the end of the semester (or trimester or quarter), the teacher is notified that final evaluations are due. This use of "final" is an established term of art which I can't change.
- The teacher fills out the evaluation form. If he can't finish in one sitting, he can save a draft and come back to it later.
- After the teacher is satisfied with his evaluation, he saves a non-draft version. This is where I'm looking for a word that isn't "final".
- At some point after most of the finals have been submitted, an administrator reviews them, possibly changes some final grades (mostly situations where a student didn't complete something that is outside of the teacher's purview), then finalizes them. This part could also use some better vocabulary.
- After step 4 has been completed, and not at any point before, the evaluated student can look at her final evaluation to see how she did.