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I've been through CNL217 with quite some care, and I'd like to comment on it. First of all, I fully support your thoughts towards the further development of CNL. What I dislike is how some of the authors are quoted. For example, in article 7.4 ``PAW release (2.05)'', the author list reads ``The PAW team CN/ASD'', which is self-evident and does not tell me anything. In fact, the same remark holds for quite a number of articles. I'd suggest to quote names of the responsible persons.

Helge Meinhard ECP/SA

Firstly I would like to thank you for your support for the CNL. I do not disagree with your comment concerning the authors' names. We indeed try, as much as possible, to quote the names of those responsible precisely. I can understand that, in the vast CERN environment, the CNL is, especially for external users, a good way to know who is involved in what, and who is responsible for a particular project, machine or piece of software. But in some cases, and especially the PAW and CERN library software, this is quite difficult to achieve. The article you are mentioning was written by, at least 5 people, who do have a real responsibility in the PAW development. For CERN library related matters, it is somehow more problematic as the input and responsibility can also come from outside CERN. For keeping it meaningful, we also do restrict the list of authors to two or maximum three names. In any case, we shall try and take your remark into account in the future.

As a further point, let me also note that for some products, such as CERNLIB and GEANT, the best way to contact the responsible persons is, today, to address questions and problems through the electronic distribution lists ``HEPLIB'' and ``LGEANT'', which are available on all systems, and accessible via the e-mail or news mechanisms. Questions regarding computing can also be addressed to the ``User Consultancy Office'' (UCO office , build. 513, tel. 4952, e-mail: user.support@cern.ch), where people can answer directly, or do their best to find the right expert/responsible. Also, on the very first pages (i,ii) of the CNL, ``IF YOU NEED HELP (Contacts at CERN)'', we always try to publish an up-to-date list of contact people in various subject areas.



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Janne Saarela
Tue May 23 09:56:57 METDST 1995