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It all depends on the tool chain you would like to switch to from Word. We
successfully use a single-source solution, namely Docbook XML. This allows
us to reuse information in different publications and automate building the
deliverables. I guess you produce PDFs as output files, as we do.
Docbook tool chain can be built based on open-source tools (an XML editor,
Docbook XSL stylesheets, and a converter to PDF, e.g. Apache FOP), so you do
not have to care much about the cost of the solution. Building the
deliverables can be easily automated, again using open-source tools (e.g.
Apache Ant). All you have to do is to invest some time to learn Docbook and
deploy the tool chain and automation.
On 4/20/06, Beth Sargent <bsargent -at- accutrac -dot- com> wrote:
> Does anyone know of a way to create a master document such as an Admin
> Manual and regularly update it by just changing out a section? What I need
> to do is update a large (300 +) pages document on a regular basis in the
> most efficient way possible. Word is not sufficient and I don't know if
> there is a tool that can automate this process. Any advice is appreciated.
> Beth Sargent
> Manager QA and Documentation
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