RE: Formats for cross-platform documentation?

Subject: RE: Formats for cross-platform documentation?
From: "Joel Konkle-Parker" <Joel -dot- J -dot- Konkle-Parker -at- nasa -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 11:32:38 -0400


> OpenOffice can export html, xml... what do you need/want?

Well, I guess what I was trying to get at was: is there a method particularly suited to the things I wish to do (informal engineer-to-engineer manuals for in-house cross-platform software)? In your experience, which way is the "best" way, for a variety of reasons?

I don't have any experience with formatting user guides and such, so I'm trying to get some expert opinions about things I should look into, whether it be certain technologies, methods, styles, whatever.

Is troff/DocBook flexible enough to be worth learning something completely new? Is PDF somehow specially suited for such things? Does everyone just use Word (or OpenOffice) and call it a day? Or is HTML really the way to go?

Your thoughts are always appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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