Current trends in Authoring Tools?

Subject: Current trends in Authoring Tools?
From: ct <straylightsghost -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 07:52:00 -0700

Good Point David.


Your comment "I have had the good fortune of not having to work with
Word as my main
authoring tool for the past 13 years as a TW" is hardly the thing to
motivate Word experts >to leap to your assistance. I, for one, think
Word's flexibility and potential for automation >far outweigh its
limitations. I won't sneer at your tools if you won't sneer at mine.
Deal? >About your questions...

Although I am trained in and use (mostly to keep current) a good
number of the authoring tools, I've noticed a definite trend AWAY from
the industry norms.

The last few contract jobs I've worked as well as the last 3 permanent
jobs (and the job I am moving into - a fortune 50 company) have all
abandoned tools like RoboHelp, FrameMaker, Flare, etc. Their tool of


Why? It's in use. It's got a future development path. And everybody knows it.


May not be the best tool...but it's what's hot in Rome. And when in Rome....


(I guess the tagline applies here...)

"Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human
soul in this world--and never will."

Mark Twain

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