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
add
>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
3.0
(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
length
because the line wrapping cannot adjust. This irregularity might be
acceptable
in ragged-right text, but and string length difference would be disastrous
in
fully justified text.

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





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