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Subject:Re: Rant: Giving up on XML From:quills -at- airmail -dot- net To:"Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, "Janice Gelb" <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Thu, 15 Mar 2007 00:06:42 -0500
At 4:55 PM -0700 3/14/07, Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
>Since I have in the past 15 years or so deliberately
>limited myself to small companies, I probably am
>saying that. If a need arose that justified the expense
>of implementing a turn-key structured document
>solution that didn't require every writer on staff to
>become a programmer, that would be different.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Janice Gelb" <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
>> companies with limited documentation sets,
>> the effort is probably not worth it. But
>> it sounds like you're saying that the effort
>> would never be worth it to you no matter
>> what the potential benefits might be to
> > your documentation.
Using a tool such as FrameMaker, does force you to use the DTD as it
is designed. Overriding the DTD is very difficult.
On the other hand, using a tool such as FrameMaker to produce a
structured document isn't very difficult at all. And it doesn't
require that all the writers become programmers conversant in that
language. Just as not all writers using FrameMaker are required to
learn how to do more than apply the tags.
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