Re: Framemaker? (from techwr-l)

Subject: Re: Framemaker? (from techwr-l)
From: "Wing, Michael J" <mjwing -at- INGR -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 1996 15:05:23 -0600

>Tony should climb down off his horse.

Isn't he the same guy that recently said something to the effect of,
"I'm glad my degree puts me a step ahead of the Tech Writing Pack" ?

>On one project I worked on, the company wouldn't let me use a UNIX
>workstation like the rest of the writers. So, I didn't have access
>to Frame.

On one project, we Tech Writers used DEC's MASS 11 (text-only, no
graphics) on a VMS system. Everyone else, including Trainers, had UNIX

>I was able to reproduce their style guide using Word, and had NO
>problems. Plus, I was able to use features that Frame is light
>years away from implementing properly - sort, search and replace,
>import, publish and subscribe.

I've used both. I've also used Word Perfect, Lotus Manuscript, and
WordStar (Yeah, you heard that right -- anyone remember WordStar?).
They all have their strengths and weaknesses. My projects are all
on-line. Word has been more than satisfactory.

By the way, how does Frame's total sales and WP market share compare
with Word? I would think to be "the industry standard" it would have
the Lion's share.

>Personally, if I never have to use Frame again, I am happy. I only
>develop online help now, anyway, and code it all straight in HTML.

I'll take either Word or FrameMaker. I like them both.

Mike Wing
| Michael Wing
| Principal Technical Writer
| Infrastructure Technical Information Development
| Intergraph Corporation
| Huntsville, Alabama
| (205) 730-7250
| mjwing -at- ingr -dot- com

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