Re: Recommended web site programs

Subject: Re: Recommended web site programs
From: Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Ken Poshedly <poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 08:43:45 -0500

KompoZer is an open source (free) web design program that is very like
Dreamweaver, except it has a nicer interface. If you can use Dreamweaver,
you will like KompoZer. It has a built-in CSS editor as well, which is very
nice. I use it at work for release notes and other user documentation that
is not created in Eclipse.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/kompozer/

<http://sourceforge.net/projects/kompozer/>PT

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 11:46 AM, Ken Poshedly <poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net>wrote:

> Group,
>
> All of my previous -- and current -- fulltime tech writing positions have
> been involved with producing either hardcopy manuals or pdf's for posting
> online by another department of the company I worked for. Never was I able
> to become involved with editing or generating online content, or even
> designing a web page.
>
> A few years ago, I tried Frontpage 2003 to produce a web page for my
> function within a scientific organization to which I belong; I edit and
> publish its quarterly journal and post the resultant pdf online. While my
> own web page has sufficed, FP was balky for me to learn and the final page
> is . . . well . . . quite amateurish. (I'd post the url here, but I'd
> probably be banished after the laughter subsided.)
>
> Anyway, I'd like some advice as to what today's so-called benchmark web
> site program is (WordStar was the "benchmark" word processor when I got it
> back in early 1984). I learned some basic html coding back in 2000, and have
> used it to do touch-up work once in awhile, but I'm thinking an
> off-the-shelf program is what I really need.
>
> I belong to and lurk in the FrontPage yahoo e-mail list, but have learned
> that FP has apparently been discontinued because almost all postings are
> about "Expression".
>
> Earlier this year, I downloaded the 30-day trial version of Adobe's
> Dreamweaver and worked my way through the online tutorial with nice results
> producing the target web page for which the tutorial was designed. It's a
> really pricey program for someone who is not into web design fulltime, so I
> might consider a version one rev earlier or so. And I don't want to get into
> learning something already on its way out. (Yes, I know everything comes and
> goes, but some stuff stays longer -- like FrameMaker, whose demise has been
> -- luckily predicted for many years now.)
>
> So what do you guys think? FP, Dreamweaver, or something else, and why or
> why not?
>
> No hurry. I've got lots of time.
>
> -- Kenpo in Atlanta
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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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