Re: Structured Frame vs Non Structured

Subject: Re: Structured Frame vs Non Structured
From: Isaac Rabinovitch <isaacr -at- mailsnare -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 18:07:48 -0800

From where I sit, the only advantage of Structured FrameMaker is that it directly supports import and export of SGML/XML. You can define an "application" that specifies the mapping between the elements your markup document type and the elements of a structured FrameMaker file. Designing such a application is not easy, but once you have it, reading and writing SGML or XML is as easy as reading or writing FrameMaker's native format.

I have heard of people using Structured FrameMaker just to enforce content/presentation separation, without actually creating any markup files. I suppose that makes sense if you don't like unstructured FrameMaker's inate messiness, but are still a FrameMaker fanatic. Not that I'd care to associate with such a person....

Wade Courtney wrote:


I need to write a technical reference, which is more or less a
programming reference. I have the opportunity to start fresh and I was
wondering what the benefits would be to doing this document in
structured Framemaker. I know little about this method and would
appreciate any tips hints comments or reasons why or why not to do a
document this way. Other than it would be a learning experience for me
I don't know of any other advantages.

Wade Courtney
Sr. Technical Writer
HSQ Technology



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