RE: Framemaker to HTML or use Dreamweaver?

Subject: RE: Framemaker to HTML or use Dreamweaver?
From: jgarison -at- ide -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 08:01:14 -0500

Hi Laura,

I can't speak to Frame, but I can about Dreamweaver.

If you are moving everything to online, Dreamweaver can really make the
creation and maintenance of HTML documents easy. It also works well with PDF
documents. It's not the answer if you're looking for a single-source
solution. (Personally, I don't believe in single-sourcing for online and
print, but that's another religious war I don't want to start.)

We've been using Dreamweaver to support our 1000+ page Help system for over
a year, and I wouldn't go back to using any of the HAT tools for that
purpose.

We have a few Word-based documents that we incorporate as PDF pages in our
Help system. It seems to work well. Even the conversion of Word-based
content into HTML by cutting and pasting into Dreamweaver isn't too onerous,
once you figure out all the little gotchas.

Hope this helps, or write me offline for more info.

John

John Garison
Documentation Manager
IDe
150 Baker Avenue Extension
Concord, MA 01742

Voice: 978-402-2907
Fax: 978-318-9376
http://www.ide.com


-----Original Message-----
From: Laura Winkelspecht [mailto:lwinkels -at- shopko -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2002 5:23 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Framemaker to HTML or use Dreamweaver?


Hi Everyone,

I searched the archives and wasn't able to get a good answer to this, so I
am posting to the list. We need to make a decision by Wednesday.

My department is beginning to move a lot of our documentation to our
intranet. We need to decide the best way to do that. Currently we use Word
97 for most of our documentation. Our web coordinator uses Dreamweaver to
manage our site. We can convert our Word docs to PDF, but we also want some
HTML documents. Our other most viable option is to have everyone use
Dreamweaver to create HTML docs.

We don't have any Frame experts in our department, so we would all be
learning it. Obviously, we could use Frame for paper documentation.

We have the chance to get a new tool for HTML production. I have heard that
FrameMaker does PDF well, but does it do HTML? Pros and Cons?

Thanks for any advice.
Laura Winkelspecht
Technical Writer,
ShopKo Stores, Inc.

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