Re: Getting experience with expensive tools?

Subject: Re: Getting experience with expensive tools?
From: Janet Swisher <jmswisher -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Technical Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Becky Edmondson <beckyed -at- rcn -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 16:14:16 -0500

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 2:24 PM, Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca> wrote:
> Becky Edmondson wondered: <<Anyone have any creative ideas on how to
> get experience with expensive tools like Flare and Robohelp, when you

> <<Maybe I should be looking at opensource HATs? I can't find anything
> other than industrial-strength stuff like DITA.>>

I am not aware of any open-source HATs. There are open-source tools
like the DITA Open Toolkit that produce help formats. And there are
free or cheap HATs, but they're not open source.

I wrote a couple of blog posts about the latter category a while back:
http://www.janetswisher.com/?itemid=135
http://www.janetswisher.com/?itemid=150

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