How long to create a help screen?

Subject: How long to create a help screen?
From: Arthur Comings <atc -at- CORTE-MADERA -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 24 May 1995 11:05:32 PDT

I sent this message a couple of days ago with a subject line that
wasn't really descriptive. Perhaps that's the reason I received no
replies. Maybe our server had a discreet crash; maybe I've been

At any rate, I offer the question again with my apologies and a more
appropriate subject line.

How do you estimate time that you'll spend creating hypertexted Help
screens -- when the information itself is already at hand?

Seems to me that a day per screen, fully hypertexed and debugged, is not
unreasonable, but I can imagine a prospective employer blanching when
they found out how many screens a decent-sized program might need.

Come to think of it, I don't have much of an idea of that, either,
although I have taken a workshop on the subject that covered scoping,

I'm using FrameMaker's hypertext tools. I sure do like the way I can
macro-ize the process.

I'll summarize answers to the list, unless it looks like most
respondees are copying the list anyway.



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