Single sourcing tools (WAS Questions about Doc to Help and RoboHelp?)

Subject: Single sourcing tools (WAS Questions about Doc to Help and RoboHelp?)
From: "David Knopf" <david -at- knopf -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 06:24:53 -0800


Hart, Geoff wrote, in part:

| I don't consider Doc to Help to be an acceptable
| single-sourcing solution based on my brief evaluation of the product;
| others
| who are more experienced with the product may have developed workflows
| that
| make it tolerable in this use, so wait for confirmation from them. But
I
| don't consider this problem unique to DtoH; RoboHelp is also lousy at
| single-sourcing. If you really want to produce single-source
| documentation,
| you need to look at an XML solution or perhaps even SGML,

I haven't evaluated Doc-To-Help in too many years to offer an informed
opinion. However, it was recently acquired *and totally overhauled* by
ComponentOne, so I think opinions formed with earlier releases do not
necessarily apply.

I agree that RoboHelp is not an appropriate solution for single sourcing
if print or PDF is one of the deliverables you need to produce.

However, I disagree that you need to move to XML or SGML in order to
single source effectively. We have completed *many* successful single
source projects for our clients using nothing more than FrameMaker and
WebWorks Publisher.

Regards,

D.

David Knopf @ Knopf Online / San Francisco, CA / 415.550.8367
mailto:david -at- knopf -dot- com / http://www.knopf.com

WebWorks Publisher Certified Trainer
RoboHelp MVP & Certified RoboHelp Instructor
Member, RoboHelp Community Advisory Board
Member, JavaHelp 2.0 Expert Group
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