Re: Documentation Estimates

Subject: Re: Documentation Estimates
From: TechWriter <techwriter -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 1994 15:55:12 -0500

In article <9411031013 -dot- aa22486 -at- pc3q -dot- pc3q -dot- corp -dot- harris -dot- com>, Paul MacGyver
Carman <paul -dot- carman -at- harris -dot- com> writes:

--------------------------------Looking through an old issue of the STC
Intercom, I found the
following figures for calculating documentation hours:

Writing new text: 3-5 hours per page
Revising Existing Text: 1-3 hours per page
Editing: 6-8 pages per hour
Indexing: 5 pages per hour
Production: 5% of all other activities
Project Management: 15% of all other activities

Do you think these figures are still accurate? If not, why?

More or less. But one important tast is left out: testing. And the testing
of online information takes more time than the testing of printed
information. (That's all fine and good if you're using a standard writing
paradig, but what if you're doing something like writing your online
information first, then creating print docs. Or having to code tags into
text (ugh!). Makes a mess of simple estimeates.)

Chuck Martin
Techwriter -at- aol -dot- com

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