RE: Words per minute - reading?

Subject: RE: Words per minute - reading?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Gabrielle Kirsch <G -dot- Kirsch -at- F5 -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 15:16:00 -0400

Why not hand an average paper to a willing co-worker, and ask
them to read it aloud, at a relaxed, conversational pace?

Without knowing the reading speed of your "typical audience",
and assuming they have to actually learn something, and not
skim over it, it's hard to say what a good multiplier might
be.

Also, we don't know how ... er.... self-evident the included
diagrams might be.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gabrielle Kirsch
> Sent: Friday, September 02, 2011 1:10 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Words per minute - reading?
>
> Hello smart Tech-wrlers
>
> I'm creating a learning path for internal training. It includes a bunch
> of white papers, some recorded demos, and some WBTs. For each piece, I
> need to include the approximate "time to complete". This is easy for
> recordings, but I also need to estimate it for printed materials.
>
> How many words per minute do you think I should use for my estimates?
> These are technical materials for a technical audience (but mostly
> overviews, so they aren't too dense). A typical white paper has about
> 4500 words (and some diagrams).
>
> Thanks.
>
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