Re: Recommended web site programs

Subject: Re: Recommended web site programs
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 13:05:40 -0700

What are you producing, exactly, or are you just generally learning?

If you want to learn about HTML and CSS, use your favorite text editor.

Dreamweaver seems like pretty much the standard GUI tool among
professionals maintaining static sites, but a lot of sites these days
are generated dynamically using things like Drupal or Ruby on Rails
and/or PHP or Python scripts.

Other GUI tools may be appropriate if you want to deliver content in
the form of a wiki, blog, or knowledge base.

For a newsletter, I'd work in FrameMaker or some other authoriing tool
and generate the output. Then you can do both Web and PDF versions
from the same source.

Microsoft tools have a tendency to produce nonstandard, unclean HTML.
Avoid them if given the choice.
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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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References:
status and state?: From: Praneeta Paradkar
Re: status and state?: From: Peter Neilson
Recommended web site programs: From: Ken Poshedly

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