Re: Data on formatting vs. content-authoring hours?

Subject: Re: Data on formatting vs. content-authoring hours?
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 07:18:22 -0500


Any such averages would be meaningless. There are way too many confounding factors. What industry? What job function? What personal factors (age, training, intelligence, preferences). Some people are clear thinkers full of great ideas that it is important for them to disseminate quickly; and their time is too valuable to spend it "fiddling." Other people spend so much time trying (unsuccessfully) to get their thoughts organized that they don't have time to fiddle. Some people are trying to impress their bosses with a few good-looking, well thought out documents rather than a torrent of half-baked ideas. For some people a major job duty is to make someone else's documents look good. And I don't mean to suggest that I've exhausted all the possibilities. Averages would just mask the facts.


Michael Smith wrote:

Does anyone know of research/citeable data that's been published on
how much time people using traditional word-processing/office
applications -- Microsoft Word, etc. -- spend dealing with making
formatting/presentational changes to their documents ("fiddling with
fonts and margins") versus how much time they spend actually
organizing and writing their content?

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