Re: Looking for totally subjective opinions on HATs

Subject: Re: Looking for totally subjective opinions on HATs
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 08:42:40 -0500

WWP for Word is the only way to go. If you're not single-sourcing,
you're better off flipping burgers and countig your nose hairs during
your breaks.

OK, that outta the way, what kind of workflow are you looking for? Do
you want to single source? Do you want to maintain content in Word or
do you not care about migrating content into another tool and
exporting to Word for print? How much documentation are we talking
about? A few hundred "pages" worth or tens of thousands or more?

With RoboHelp and AuthorIt, you'll need to (I believe) import all
content into those tools and manage the content therein. Then you can
export content for printing. With WWP for Word, you manage content in
Word and use WWP as a conversion utility to go to Help/HTML formats.

MSDN online is nothing more than intelligent HTML. You get the HTML
Help 2 version when you install the library for use with a Microsoft
Visual dev tool. But online, it's the same content, only with a HTML
interface and some JavaScript and probably some ActiveX thrown in.

Any of the 3 tools you're looking at can do HTML-based documentation
for publishing online. Any can set up documentation for PDF/print
(with varying quality results out of the gate). I'd say of the 3 tools
you're asking about, WWP and AuthorIt are your two best choices. From
there, it really just depands on how you want to work (in Word and
convert to online, or in the tool and export to Word for printing).


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