RE: FrameMaker to RoboHelp Conversions

Subject: RE: FrameMaker to RoboHelp Conversions
From: "Karen Field Carroll" <kfcarroll -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "'Combs, Richard'" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, "'Robert Lauriston'" <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:52:31 -0700

Richard, you make an excellent point. Let me provide more details.

I'm using Frame 7 (non-structured, although I know XML and could use
structured frame if needed) and RH 7. My complaint is that despite setting
up the CSS in RH and (apparently) mapping the tags from Frame to RH
correctly, I still end up doing a lot of cleanup on the numbered and
bulleted lists in RH. RH just treats them as body text and I have to go in,
apply numbered and bulleted lists, and remove the numbers and bullets from
the Frame text. RH seems to break the topics as I want it to, so I get the
right topic structure.

To answer another poster's question, I don't use anything by catalog
formats; I never use style overrides.
So, if I used structured Frame and ported the XML into RH would I have
better luck?
Thanks.
Karen

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From: techwr-l-bounces+kfcarroll=cox -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+kfcarroll=cox -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of
Combs, Richard
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 10:18 AM
To: Robert Lauriston; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: FrameMaker to RoboHelp Conversions

Robert Lauriston wrote:

> MIF2Go costs less ($295), works better, and has better and cheaper
> support.
>
> http://www.omsys.com/dcl/omni.htm
>
> On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 9:12 AM, Karen Field
Carroll<kfcarroll -at- cox -dot- net>
> wrote:
> > Yikes! Hm, now scheming to figure out how to get boss-girl to spring
> for
> > true Webworks...sigh.

I agree. But I think all the comments about WebWorks and Mif2Go are
overlooking something and possibly leading Karen astray. She already has
RoboHelp.

Karen, it's not at all clear from your original post what the problem
really is. And we don't know what versions of FM and RH you have. But
it's likely that you can overcome the problem with the tool you have.

>From what I've read, it seems that with pre-suite and non-suite versions
of the two programs, there may be some tweaking in RH necessary after
import, but it shouldn't require large-scale reformatting (unless you
don't consistently use paragraph and character formats).

There are most likely people on this list who've used a pre-suite
FM-to-RH workflow (there definitely are on the FrameUsers list). If you
provide more information about your software, the process you use, and
the nature of the problem, someone may be able to help you fix the
problem with the tools you have.

Richard

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
303-777-0436
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Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
Contents, Context IDs, and Index, as well as Doc-To-Help
2009 tips, tricks, and best practices.
http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control!
http://www.helpandmanual.com/

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Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
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http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/

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authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
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Follow-Ups:

References:
FrameMaker to RoboHelp Conversions: From: Karen Field Carroll
Re: FrameMaker to RoboHelp Conversions: From: Bill Swallow
RE: FrameMaker to RoboHelp Conversions: From: Karen Field Carroll
Re: FrameMaker to RoboHelp Conversions: From: Bill Swallow
RE: FrameMaker to RoboHelp Conversions: From: Karen Field Carroll
Re: FrameMaker to RoboHelp Conversions: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: FrameMaker to RoboHelp Conversions: From: Combs, Richard

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