RE: The Old Argument: FrameMaker vs. MS Word

Subject: RE: The Old Argument: FrameMaker vs. MS Word
From: Tony Rocco <tony -at- roundpeg -dot- com>
To: "'Maurice King'" <mking -at- mamsi -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 14:19:38 -0800

Does any tech writer in his or her right mind prefer MS Word to
FrameMaker??? I think not... Word lost this argument a long time ago... Word
2000 is just a bigger hog that it's clumsy and corpulent predecessor, and it
is not worth serious consideration as an alternative to FrameMaker... Of
course, others may disagree, I suppose...

- tgrrr

I'm employed now in a company that is starting a documentation department.
When it came time to choose the tools, MS Word was already available;
buying FrameMaker was only an added expense. Managers approving the
purchase wanted to know if MS Word cannot do the job that FrameMaker does.

While I normally stand my ground on this issue and insist on FrameMaker, I
know that I heard one report about MS Office 2000 that indicated it might
be stronger and might port better to other media. I'd like to hear from
someone who has actually worked with MS Office 2000 to learn just how much
it does deliver. My current knowledge would make me believe that FrameMaker
is still the power tool that we need, but I'm always prepared to update my
knowledge.

- Maury


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