Re: [HATT] Single Source, Maybe

Subject: Re: [HATT] Single Source, Maybe
From: Bill Swallow <bill_swallow -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 15:45:59 -0800 (PST)

> We will shortly be supporting all of the following
> outputs:
> - PDF version of User's Guide (designed to be
> printed by the user)
> - JavaHelp (the product is Java-based)
> - Web-based Help (for multiple browsers, multiple
> platforms)

Sounds Great!

> We currently use FrameMaker for our User's Guide and
> cut, paste, and alter
> into ForeHelp for the JavaHelp. There must be a
> better solution.

There is. The latest version of ForeHelp imports MIF
files. :)

> We haven't yet used ForeHelp's MIF conversion. We
> are also looking at Web
> Works Publisher.

Oooh... WWP... get it! get it! get it! ;) Can you tell
which tool I like to use?

> I'd love to hear from any of you who have knowledge
> of ForeHelp and how we
> can better use its features and/or WWP and how it
> can help us. Any other
> suggestions, hints, or comments will be welcomed
> with open mind.

Hmm... I could write volumes on this. If you have
specific questions, please contact me directly.

In general, both work with FrameMaker, but only WWP
(of the two tools you mentioned) is a true
single-sourcing solution. With ForeHelp, you import
the MIF and churn out your Help. Then if you want to
revise your content, you save Frame to MIF, import MIF
into ForeHelp and churn a new project out. (Churn may
not be the best word...) WWP allows you to create a
conversion template - one that mirrors your FM
templates, but is specific to your desired output -
and use that template to convert output over and over
again. It's a create once, use anytime solution.

Bill Swallow
Information Design & Development Professional
bill_swallow -at- yahoo -dot- com -
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List Owner, WWP-Users <>
Editor, InFrame Magazine <>
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