NEWBIE asks: How to move to SGML? (low cost, starting with WORD, D2H possible?)

Subject: NEWBIE asks: How to move to SGML? (low cost, starting with WORD, D2H possible?)
From: "Nyre, Valerie" <valerie -at- MAAS -dot- DE>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 10:46:59 +0100

Dear technical experts!

Our programmers want to edit their WORD
files and desire a
solution for their environment. (HTML,
CD-ROM, WinHelp, JavaHelp, selected Text
for PowerPoint presentations)

As far as I can judge, we need to move
towards a SGML-based solution. Today, we

have no budget for a powerful authoring
or publishing environment. We have WORD,

Doc-to-HELP, which are too difficult for
the programmers.

Can you help with your advice?

How can we move to SGML step-by-step,
but yet work with the tools today.

Additional questions:

Which (preferrably low-cost) tools or
systems can be used?

Is it a good idea to start to:
Customize the WORD and
Pour the data into an ACCESS
Database (Excuse me, but how do we do
Pour the ACCESS data into
D2H-templates (is this possible?)
Look for formatting templates for
other output media.

What problems are to be considered?
(graphics, hyperlinks, media files)

Will D2H support standard JAVAHelp and

Are you using SGML-tools with WORD and
what are your experiences?

Thank you for your advice

Valerie Nyre


Maas High Tech, Germany
Valerie -dot- Nyre -at- maas -dot- de

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