Re: customizable documentation

Subject: Re: customizable documentation
From: "Ridder, Fred" <Fred -dot- Ridder -at- Dialogic -dot- com>
To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000 09:40:40 -0500

On Fri, 14 Jan 2000 Nick Klasovsky wrote in response to Philomena Hoopes:

>> One of our customers, having received their first documentation in PDF
>> format, proceeded to ask whether they could have editable files.
>> Specifically, they want to change the references to system-assigned field
>> names, substituting their customized names.
>Simple: unlock the PDF files, if you have them locked, and tell them to buy
>a copy of Acrobat (full version) so they can open and edit the files
>themselves. You can edit text in PDF files with Exchange, but you cannot
>new lines to a paragraph, or new paragraphs. For what they want to do, this
>should work.

Unfortunately, I don't think this is a practical solution. Acrobat Exchange
(and presumably its replacement, Acrobat 4.0) does have a Find function, but
*not* a Find and Replace; as a consequence, the replacements would have
to be done manually, which would be awfully tedious. Also, since Exchange
is strictly a *line* editor, if the replacement string is significantly
different in
length from the original string, you'd be introducing irregularities in line
because the line wrapping cannot adjust. This irregularity might be
in ragged-right text, but and string length difference would be disastrous
fully justified text.

Fred Ridder
Senior Technical Writer
Dialogic, an Intel Company
Parsippany, NJ

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