RE: xMetal as a Help authoring tool?

Subject: RE: xMetal as a Help authoring tool?
From: "Lorraine Butchart" <Lorraine -dot- Butchart -at- corel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 14:01:22 -0500

James F Reinhard wrote:

I know that xMetal is an authoring tool, but can it be used to author
help files? I went to the xMetal site and did a LOT of searching with
Google, but didn't have much luck.

I reply:

Yes, it is possible to use XMetaL as the authoring tool for Help
files--that's how the XMetaL Help files themselves are created (I know,
because I am part of the team that creates them). However, it's a
single-sourcing solution (the same XML source is used for the printed
and PDF manuals), not a "one-button" process like RoboHelp. We have a
number of XSLTs and accompanying scripts that we use to transform the
XML to files that Microsoft's HTML Help compiler can understand, and
then we use that program to create our .chm files.

We also have a transformation that we can use to make WebHelp from the
XML source.

If you would like more information, feel free to contact me off-list.

Lorraine L. Butchart
Documentation Specialist
XML Content Solutions
Corel Corporation
4400 Dominion Street, Suite 500
Burnaby BC V5G 4M7

phone: (604) 430-1966 Ext 4429
e-mail: Lorraine -dot- Butchart -at- corel -dot- com

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