RE: FrameMaker and Forehelp

Subject: RE: FrameMaker and Forehelp
From: "David Knopf" <david -at- knopf -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2001 10:08:19 -0800

Steve Fraiberg wrote:

| I need to create Winhelp and HTML help. Can people tell me about their
| experience importing FrameMaker files into Forehelp Premier 2001?
| What's the
| process like?

The process is fairly straightforward. You create .mif files in FrameMaker,
then import them into ForeHelp. For each tag defined in the .mif files, you
set a mapping to determine how that type of information will be represented
in ForeHelp. It works quite well. The downside is that it is a one-way
process and must be repeated each time the underlying FrameMaker documents
change. There is no way, iow, to establish a "live link" between your
FrameMaker content and your ForeHelp project.

| Is it easy or difficult?


| Are there any bugs that I should be
| aware of?

None that I'm aware of specifically, but I am not a frequent ForeHelp user.

| In addition, I understand that a final product created
| in Forehelp
| isn't quite as professional looking or usable as Robohelp. Can anyone
| comment on this.

To me, this doesn't make any sense. If you are creating WinHelp and HTML
Help, as you say you are, I don't think you will be able to tell *any*
difference between the output produced by ForeHelp and the output produced
by RoboHELP. For other formats, yes there are some differences; I think
WebHelp looks more professional than InterHelp.

HTH ...

David Knopf (mailto:david -at- knopf -dot- com)
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