Re: Cost per page metrics

Subject: Re: Cost per page metrics
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 14:05:16 -0700

I can't really imagine how one could estimate the average cost of
documentation for an industry, there are just too many variables.

If you could, though, it would have to be based on something other
than a page, since the amount of copy on a page varies wildly
depending on size, margins, font, and so on.

Words bear a sufficiently direct relationship to the work required to
produce them that freelance writers are often paid that way.
Translation is also charged by the word.

On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 1:06 PM, Broberg, Mats<mabr -at- flir -dot- se> wrote:
> Hi Robert,
>
> I'm not sure I agree with that. "Words" are just a small part of the total
> cost of technical documentation. Other parts include labour, cost of
> real-estate, translations, technical illustrations, cost of SW used for the
> creation and maintenance of the technical documentation. So basing the
> estimate on cost per word would be misleading.
>
> Best regards,
> Mats Broberg
>
> http://www.flir.com/thg
> ________________________________
> From: techwr-l-bounces+mabr=flir -dot- se -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com on behalf of Robert
> Lauriston
> Sent: Fri 2009-09-04 20:35
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Cost per page metrics
>
> Any such estimates would have to be based on word count, not pages.
>
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References:
Cost per page metrics: From: Broberg, Mats
Re: Cost per page metrics: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Cost per page metrics: From: Broberg, Mats

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