Writers to Programmer Ratio

Subject: Writers to Programmer Ratio
From: KAREN_OTTO -at- HP-SPOKANE-OM2 -dot- OM -dot- HP -dot- COM
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 08:48:16 -0700

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Robert,
At first glance, this is the opposite of what I think is necessary. I
worked in consumer electronics, and the writers hardly existed (150:2
engineers:writers).
Now I am in industrial test equipment, we're running about 17:1.

Also, with some consumer software (e.g. video games), there are no
instructions at all. Of course there are also flight simulators, which
have extensive documentation.

Can you elaborate? (I agree there's no valid ratio)

karen
karen_otto -at- hp -dot- com


Robert Plamandon wrote:

>As for the writer-to-programmer ratio, there is no such thing.
>There's
>no relationship between the amount of work that goes into a piece of
>code
>and the amount of explanation it requires. In some consumer products
>there are more writers than coders. In many industrial or
>engineer-to-
>engineer products there are no writers at all.
>
> -- Robert
>--
>Robert Plamondon, High-Tech Technical Writing, Inc.
>36475 Norton Creek Road * Blodgett * Oregon * 97326
>robert -at- plamondon -dot- com * (541) 453-5841 * Fax: (541) 453-4139

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