RE: InDesign woes

Subject: RE: InDesign woes
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbrierley -at- Accu-Time -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 15:51:51 -0400

Ahhh. I don't work that way. I try to use the keyboard as much as
possible, so rather than drag and drop, I ctrl+c and ctrl+v, even in
Word--if you can get word to highlight precisely the selection you want!
Straddle, merge, and other terminology I'm fine with. And, FrameMaker
has a large set of keyboard shortcuts. Frankly, Word's online helps
stinks just as much as FrameMaker's "user guide" (quotes=sarcasm). So,
if drag and drop editing is just moving a sentence around on the screen
with a mouse, I don't really miss it.



Sean Brierley
Technical Writer

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Morton [mailto:salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 3:42 PM
To: Sean Brierley; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: InDesign woes

I have two paragraphs. I want sentence 1 of paragraph 1 to now appear at
the end of paragraph 2 (which contains several sentences). I do not want
to have to do an Edit > Cut followed by an Edit > Paste.

Try this in MS Word:

Select sentence 1 of para 1 (so that it's highlighted). Using the mouse,
simply drag 'n' drop at the end of para 2.

This may not seem like a big deal, but I just finished an 800-page
software manual using FrameMaker alone. This missing functionality being
but one of Frame's problems, this assignment was NOT a barrel of
monkeys. (Yeah...I know. I could have imported my DOC files into

What I'm getting at is that, not having been initially developed for
Windows or the Mac, Frame does not follow UI conventions most of us are
used to. Buttons are oddly named, in odd locations, etc. Centuries-old
standard terms, such as leading, are termed something else in Frame. To
merge table cells, you "straddle" them, and on and on... Although very
powerful, the application is L-O-N-G overdue for a complete rewrite.


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