As architects and designers, we all use schedules, legends and abbreviations (SL&A) with good intention. We want their use to both make the task of documentation easier and make the documents more readable.

This intention is to be expected of good documentation practice, but there are some practices in the use of SL&A which actually do the opposite. I believe this occurs a lot more than we should be comfortable with. It is not only the builder and subcontractors we hinder when we…