RE: Windows Vista and FrameMaker?

Subject: RE: Windows Vista and FrameMaker?
From: "Broberg, Mats" <mabr -at- flir -dot- se>
To: "TECHWR-L Writing" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 12:26:50 +0200

I wrote:

> Anyway, this led us to choose another, more stable and
> predictable software solution for the content we previously
> handled with FM.

By the way, since I got some off-list queries about our new workflow,
this is the workflow we use now for the content previously handled in

AsciiDoc -> DocBook 4.5 XML -> Topleaf -> PDF

Asciidoc - which is open source - is one of the so-called 'minimum
markup text document formats', much more human-readable than XML and
easy to create and maintain in programs like Notepad or Textpad (the
latter being my preference). A great benefit with Asciidoc is that you
can send the content to reviewers or indexers without the need that they
download and install complex software.

>From the DocBook XML we create PDF using a batch formatter from Turnkey
Systems called Topleaf (which does not use the XSL/FO route). Topleaf
lets you easily create and maintain stylesheets using an intuitive
graphical user interface, and also has a strong Perl support for the
things you can't do using the GUI.

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Best regards,
Mats Broberg

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