Re: sharing templates

Subject: Re: sharing templates
From: David Orr <dorr -at- ORRNET -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 14:02:49 -0600

About ten years ago, my company paid a graphics arts company to design a
page
layout scheme for our documentation and training documents. We then created
a
Word template with a Wizard for producing shell documents, a custom toolbar
for
putting in headings and our custom features, keyboard macros for saving
keystrokes
and automating standards, and Autotext for the same reason. It cost us about
$20,000
for the first version, about $8,000 to $10,000 for subsequent versions.

This template:
* Assured compliance to standards, so that documents written by
one writer looked like similar documents written by another writer.
* Gave us a signature look and feel.
* Increased writer productivity by 30%
* Enhanced our competitiveness
* Made creation and maintenance of internal procedure and
documents more efficient.
* Made training new writers and consultants easier.

Tell me again why I should give this template away?

Tell me, Andrew Plato, why attention to "one-off" work like this
was not worth it?


M. David Orr
Orr & Associates Corporation
http://www.orrnet.com


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