Re: Editors that support conditionals

Subject: Re: Editors that support conditionals
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: Andrew Harvie <withanie -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:02:27 -0800

You could do that in Word with mail merge using an Excel spreadsheet
for the "conditional" strings.

On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Andrew Harvie <withanie -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> G'day all,
> We're all familiar with HAT programs that use conditionals to produce
> multiple targets from the same document. What I'm looking for today is a
> cheap-to-free text editor that can do something similar.
> The situation is that I've been asked to maintain a set of documents for
> the marketing department. Those documents are currently in Word format and
> are nearly identical. I rebel at the thought of trying to keep the
> matching bits up to date across documents. My first impulse was to
> transfer the whole thing to Flare and build multiple outputs, but that's
> not allowed since I have the only license here and someone else might need
> to edit.
> A web search turned up LyX. Close, but I don't think it will work for
> us. (After three hours of trying and searching, I couldn't figure out how
> to override or edit a .Layout file to change the title font between serif
> and sans, for goodness sakes!)
> Oh, and this editor I'm searching for must be able to export a
> nicely-formatted document back to MS Word, with minimal post-processing.
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