Technical Writing with InDesign (WAS: Any suggestions for replacing Word)

Subject: Technical Writing with InDesign (WAS: Any suggestions for replacing Word)
From: Peter Gold <peter -at- knowhowpro -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 07:16:19 -0600

Several list members who responded to the Word replacement thread noted that they're using InDesign for their work.

I'm interested in hearing more about InDesign workflows that technical writers are developing, especially any work-arounds, scripts, and third-party tools that fill in the missing features. For example:

* What drove your decision to adopt InDesign for your technical writing requirements?

* Are you writing in another tool, such as FrameMaker, Word, or OoWriter, and importing .doc, RTF or XML content into ID for layout?

* Are you writing directly in ID, or using ID's story editor?

* How do you handle automatic sequential list numbering, cross-references, automatic running headers/footers, and conditional text?

* How are you producing electronic help, and context-sensitive help?

* What's on your InDesign wish list?


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