Re: Framemaker vs. Pagemaker

Subject: Re: Framemaker vs. Pagemaker
From: dbdoucette -at- bandl -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 11:44:52 -0500

"Giordano, Connie" wrote:

> Is Framemaker really that commonly used? Perhaps in well-established
> companies with larger than lone tech writer departments. >snip<

We used FrameMaker when I was a lone writer. We use FM now that our tech writer
"department" numbers 2. Is this common? I don't know. But it belies your
assumption that F< is limited to companies with large tech writer departments.

> Perhaps it's because in many software companies, developers, programmers,
> and bus. analysts are contributing information to the documentation
> products, >snip<

We are a software company. Developers and programmers contribute information we
need for documentation, both in verbal and written forms. We still use
FrameMaker. Why? Because the input all has to be rewritten anyway. So we use
the tool most suited to producing cross-referenced, indexed user's guides with
page totals numbering anywhere from 350 to 1,200, and files ready for simple
conversion to PDF. And needing monthly updates and custom-coded inserts at

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