RE: Formatting Docs On-The-Fly

Subject: RE: Formatting Docs On-The-Fly
From: "Etzel, Gary" <Gary -dot- Etzel -at- Advantica -dot- biz>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 12:09:04 -0500

> Is not such modifying the style on-the-fly such a
> wide-spread issue that structured Framemaker is bound
> to be of limited use?

I think the exact opposite is true -- it's such a wide-spread issue that it
makes structured FrameMaker all that more valuable. Managers need ensure
their documents are consistent and that writers understand their subject
matter. Tony, you said "Getting creative with the format/style was an easy
for the writer to mask 'holes' in his/her understanding of the subject at
hand ..." If that was true, and you could limit the writer's ability to
modify styles and formats, it will be that much easier to identify and
address the true issue. In that case, structured FrameMaker may not be
favored by the writer, but it would certainly be favored by the manager who
is ultimately responsible for ensuring the quality of the work.


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