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Most large requests will tell you what the format should be (right
down to the software to use if you must include an electronic copy in
the package) and if you don't comply, may be viewed as non-compliant.
In absence of this requirement, pick a format that shows your
submission in the best light. If you think you will be answering
COMPLY to most of their requirements, then a matrix works fine.
Nothing is as impressive as page after page of COMPLYs all in a
OTOH, if you need to qualify your responses, then narative (as
opposed to list) is best as you can say "Well, kinda, however, and
Keep in mind the requirements of the tool you are replying in. If you
think you'll be using alot of tables, Word doesn't allow tables
nested in tables...don't want to have the application stifle you
"creativity." You also don't want to make it too difficult for your
other collaborators to perform input because you will then spend so
much time cleaning up that you won't have time to read the stuff.
--- Mandy Wells <mwells -at- valadeo -dot- com> wrote:
> Hello Whrl-rs
> I'm responsible for creating the response to an RFP, but I'm not
> sure what
> the appropriate page layout and format would be. Is there a
> standard way of
> doing these?
> The RFP is very detailed, with nest upon nest of bullet points, and
> Marketing department wants to reply with added comments about the
> things our
> product does really well, so I was thinking of setting up a table
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