Current trends in Authoring Tools?

Subject: Current trends in Authoring Tools?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 16:21:37 -0500

Janice Gelb notes: <<I find it ironic that when I first got into the biz, writers used coding to indicate to the typesetter where to change fonts and so on. Then the WYSIWYG tools came out and everyone said "Look, we can control the appearance ourselves and see our changes right away! Coding is clunky and old-fashioned!" Then 15 years later, everyone acted like it was a revolutionary trend: "Look! We can use coding and have non-proprietary document exchange!">>

Sadly, though not quite as ancient as Janice <gdrlh>, I'm well on my own way to decrepitude: I can still remember manually tagging text in AtariWriter, and later in IBM's Bookmaster. <g> I also loved the ability to view codes in WordPerfect and manually fix up any formatting bugs, and remember how appalled I was when I learned how bizarrely Word encoded its text formats in .doc files.

I'm very much looking forward to open standards such as XML, though it's appalling that Microsoft has once again tried to coopt the standards process by introducing its own proprietary format when a perfectly good standard already existed. Will we be able to manually edit the tags in .docx? I hope so, but wouldn't bet on it.

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
Coming soon: _Effective onscreen editing_ ( home/onscreen-book.htm)


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