RE: The Old Argument: Framemaker vs. MS Word

Subject: RE: The Old Argument: Framemaker vs. MS Word
From: "White, Donald" <Donald -dot- White -at- Nextel -dot- com>
To: "'Writer Posts'" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 16:46:29 -0500

I haven't used MS Word 2000 much, and I don't really want to use it. In any
case, the application is not for desktop publishing while Framemaker is
built for that purpose. If you want something from which you can speedily
and accurately translate a file for use over the Web, Framemaker does it
best, too--through Acrobat.

What with all the paragraph formatting and numbering bugs, as well as other
formatting problems with Word, I guess that the only reasons management
would not support Frame is the expense, and because Frame would be used by a
relatively low number of people.

Good luck.

D.H. White
Technical Writer
Nextel Communications
Donald -dot- White -at- nextel -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: Maurice King [mailto:mking -at- mamsi -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2000 10:44 AM
Subject: The Old Argument: FrameMaker vs. MS Word

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

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