RE: FrameMaker training

Subject: RE: FrameMaker training
From: "CB Casper" <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 20:01:18 -0800

>> Question: How much emphasis do you feel should be
placed on learning structured Framemaker. <<

I moved from Interleaf to structured FrameMaker in
an environment that produces a huge amount of docs
from many departments for multiple products. They
have a legitimate desire for the hundreds of docs
to have a simliar look and feel to their presentation.

Structured FrameMaker limits the ability of individual
authors to get creative with the company style.

After a couple of years of using structured FM, I was
given a unstructured FM doc to make some major
changes.

I gave up using unstructured FM and converted it to
structured. I was too well versed in structured and
the lack of it was too frustrating. I knew how to
get what was needed in the structured environment,
but not in unstructured.

So the answer is, from a training perspective,
authors need to learn both.

CB - who will be moving away from FM to XML one of
these days

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