RE: Index/TOC Needed in HTML &/or Browser-Based Help?

Subject: RE: Index/TOC Needed in HTML &/or Browser-Based Help?
From: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 12:03:35 -0400

So, never mind Vista, if we go the way of search-engine-access-only, which
search engine would that be? Are the Madcap and AuthorIt people (and others)
going to provide their own? Do we sub-contract Google? Do we go with
something open-source (what's available that's any good, by the way)?

Right now, I produce only WebHelp, using RH X5.
To do so, I use the RH interface and editor (stop that gagging, you!), and I
write from the hierarchical and ever-expanding ToC.

I thought of doing what the pros do, and getting a "real" HTML editor, and
using RH just for the ToC and other underpinnings... but if we are to
abandon those underpinnings, then I don't need a HATT at all, do I?

I just need a friendly html or XML editor to generate a ****load of
unrelated pages and then a search engine that I can package with my pages.

Of course, I'll need some way to organize it all for my own purposes, so
that I can keep track of what pages I've already done, where the cross-links
are, what aspects of some topics I have covered and what aspects could use
more coverage... Hey, how about some kind of ToC that lets me see a visual
arrangement of all those hundreds or thousands of pages...

Hmmm. Five paragraphs to come full circle. I bet if I put on my editorial
hat, I could get it down to three. Ahem.


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