Re: Documentation Estimates

Subject: Re: Documentation Estimates
From: Coleen MacKay <cmackay -at- BNA -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 1994 12:19:35 EST


I think that indexing figure you refer to is for the
work of a human indexer. 5 pages per hour is about right.
No indexing utility provides anywhere near as useful or
comprehensive an index as a trained human indexer can.

(Yes, I have been an indexer for several years, and have
just recently taken up tech writing. I have now officially

BTW, many of the issues discussed on this list about getting
respect for the profession are common laments of indexers.
Creating a good index requires training and experience.)

Coleen MacKay
cmackay -at- bna -dot- com

>> Chuck Martin commented on these figures:

>> Indexing: 5 pages per hour

Rick Lippincott asked:

>>I'm curious, though, about the rate for "indexing." Using
>>an indexing function on FrameMaker, I can apparently work
>>much faster than that. On the othe hand, certain parts of
>>the task are "invisible", setting up the properly coded
>>info in the text ahead of time. Has the estimated time for
>>indexing gone down? Or is it just moved to a different
>>location? What's the opinion on this?

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