Re: Time required for formatting Documents?

Subject: Re: Time required for formatting Documents?
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 11:51:16 -0600

Sue wrote:

> I just finished formatting a fairly complex standard operating procedure
> which was 64 pages in length. We're using the military numbering system.
> Another individual was the author. There are lots of headings,
> sub-headings, had to lay in heading levels in order to make the TOC
> automatically generate etc.
> I believe it took me nearly 14 hours in total to format it. Does this seem
> like a ridiculously long time to format it? I'm wondering if other tech
> writers find formatting such a time consuming part of the job?

Formatting can be tedious work, but for only a 64-pager, that seems like
an AWFULLY long time. Did you use styles? That can speed things up
considerably; almost exponentially, in your case. Contact me offlist for
suggestions, and/or check the archives for posts about styles.

Keith Cronin
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