Re: How long does it take you?

Subject: Re: How long does it take you?
From: John Hedtke <jhedtke -at- OZ -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 11:12:55 GMT

Cameron: >>8<< hours/page?? Oy veh! Even when writing a 3rd-party
technical book from scratch, I still only take perhaps 2 hours/page.
Really complex material takes 3, but that doesn't happen too often.
Figure another hour or two/page for technical editing (depending on
the writer and the complexity of the edits) and 10-15 minutes/page for
fullscale DTP. (These figures are coming both from my personal
experience writing books and manuals and also the metrics I developed
as manager of a tech pubs department with 22 writers and leads.)

Yours Truly,

John Hedtke


"Cameron R. Whetstone" <cam-w -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote:

>If you can make an outline of the manual, chapter, or whaever
>your are working on, you can usually figure on about 8 hours
>per page for technical writing. This does not include
>formatting, technical editing, etc. However, research and
>writing one age is an 8-hour job.

>There are jobs that go higher or lower than 8, but it is a very
>good average.

>Back in the old days, we used to use stages. Count the number
>of 'tube' stages and that would give you a close count on
>pages. However, they don't use tubes anymore and they also
>don't use stages.

>Cam W.


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