RE: single sourcing problem

Subject: RE: single sourcing problem
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -dot- Brierley -at- ipc -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 08:09:02 -0500

Why do you need Quark?

Author everything in FrameMaker and output via WebWorks Publisher or
Mif2Go. The only gotcha could be color, do you print color output? If
so, you'll want to consider using EPS and will need something to post
process the PDF, unless your print vendor supports RGB (should be able



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Behalf Of P Dodd
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2007 7:00 PM
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Subject: single sourcing problem

Hi all:

I have what I think is a single-sourcing problem, and I'm wondering if
any of you have solved a problem like this.

I have 5 documents, each about 170 pages. What I have for originals are
PDFs that were made from (inaccessible to me) Quark files. The docs were
originally produced for print only, but now the company wants to use the
text for an online product.

Some of the text will need to be edited (as well as a bit added and
deleted) to make it suitable for online viewing. For example, text that
refers to writing in the book will need to be changed, sub-heads need to
be added to chunk up the text, and HTML tags added, etc.

I have been able to extract the text from the PDFs and create and edit
text documents with the appropriate HTML. However, in the future, both
the print and online docs will need to be updated, and the outputs will
still most likely be print PDFs from Quark and text files for uploading
into the online application. In addition, the people responsible for the
print docs are in another department and in another city from where I am
(I'm responsible for the online docs). The only common applications
between us are Word and Sharepoint.

I've considered importing text into Framemaker, using conditional text,
and then using Mif2Go to export to two docs: perhaps one in Word for the
print people to access for their text, and one as HTML docs for use in
the online docs, posting both to Sharepoint.

Can anyone suggest a better workflow? (It's unlikely that an XML
solution would be acceptable at this point, but if anyone has an
inexpensive and easy-to-learn XML solution, I'd love to hear it.)


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