RE: Draft then Tag, or Tag while Drafting?

Subject: RE: Draft then Tag, or Tag while Drafting?
From: "Bill Burns" <bburns -at- qds-solutions -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 13:08:29 -0600

>I am new to drafting structured documents. Do those of you who draft
>structured documents prefer to draft the document unstructured and then
>go back and tag it, or do you prefer to insert the tags as you go?

Given that you can really write yourself into a corner if you don't write with structure rules on, I recommend that you learn to live with the inconvenience. You'll find that it goes away after a while.

I've found that some applications are better for this process than others. Structured authoring in Frame is pretty easy. In XMetaL, it's a little more cumbersome. Epic is a bit more sluggish than XMetaL. XMLSpy is downright hostile for writers, if you have a complex document structure.

Bill Burns
Documentation Supervisor/MS Help MVP
Quality Design Systems
bburns -at- qds-solutions -dot- com

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