Re: Long Documents in Word

Subject: Re: Long Documents in Word
From: "Carlene Gardner" <orion2 -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 00:16:00 -0500

Johanna tells her story: "I have successfully handled long documents by
setting up separate files for the TOC, the index and each separate chapter.
Word has an RD field that works wonder when trying to sew a table of
contents or index across multiple files. This is what I have been using and
it has worked very successfully on my Word projects to date."

I second that. Occasionally, people (usually only other writers)are
surprised that we use Word (or any word processor) for documentation. We
simply don't have the volume/update schedule/need for conditional text that
many of you have expressed, to justify switching to Frame. I'm not a Word
fan, but in small firms that really need the source docs for the manuals to
be available to everyone, that need to find freelancers and students to do
some writing, or that can't afford the training costs when there's turnover,
Word will do just fine. We put 'em together the same way that Johanna does,
index the dickens out of it to make up for cross-referencing limitations,
and then create a PDF containing all the chapters of the manual.
With good control over style sheets and templates, we spend very little time
at all formatting. Leaves more time for the interesting stuff!

Carlene Gardner
orion2 -at- videotron -dot- ca


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