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>Does anyone have any methods of estimating the time required for a
>documentation project, for both Winhelp and paper manuals? I've always been
>good at doing a thumbnail estimate of time requirements, but want to put a
>little more, ahem, time into it.
>I've heard of "industry standard" estimates of both 5 hours per page and
>6.5 hours per page, but am not sure what this really means (for example,
>are these hours/page estimates for all drafts--and how many drafts? Do they
>include graphics development?) What other methods are in use out there?
Now I read somewhere that the standard was 8 hours per page (I think it
may even have been here) but I am also curious as to how to estimate
time for a project. There has to be a book or article somewhere about
this crucial skill. Any takers on estimating how many hours it takes
to create the content for a web page?
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