RE: Top 10 mistakes unstructured FrameMaker Users make in contentbeforetranslation

Subject: RE: Top 10 mistakes unstructured FrameMaker Users make in contentbeforetranslation
From: <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com>
To: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 16:07:59 -0700


Dan, all

Re #8, Style-based list numbering, could you give a one or two line
explanation. In the past the safest way to use numbering in word was to
set up your own styles. What is the current recommendation?

Thanks

Kthleen

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: RE: Top 10 mistakes unstructured FrameMaker Users make in
> contentbeforetranslation
> From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
> Date: Thu, March 25, 2010 2:22 pm
> To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
>
>
> Thanks to Richard for the link to Maxwell's blog!
>
> As the original blog notes, "most of the undesirable practices mentioned
> in this blog also apply to InDesign and Microsoft Word content as well."
> Thus, avoid the following in Word documents, as in the original article:
>
> 1. Unanchored graphics
> 2. Forced upper-case character styles
> 3. Single-line page headers pulled from paragraph headings
> 4. Side-head layouts
> 5. Single tables that fill a whole page
> 6. Forced page breaks
>
> To these I would add:
>
> 7. Manual character and paragraph formatting
> 8. Style-based list numbering
> 9. Floating tables
> 10. Tracked changes
> 11. Embedded objects
> 12. Inconsistent index marks
> 13. Inconsistent heading styles (think about the TOC!)
>
> Oops, I'm already well past 10... and I'm sure the Peanut Gallery can
> come up with plenty more.
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Monique Semp
> > Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 1:58 PM
> > To: Maxwell Hoffmann; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > Subject: RE: Top 10 mistakes unstructured FrameMaker Users
> > make in contentbeforetranslation
> >
> > Fabulous info!
> >
> > Just wondering -- is there a corresponding list for
> > Word-authored docs? I use FrameMaker (unstructured) for some
> > clients, but Word for others. (And the one that does the
> > most localization uses Word.)
> >
>
>
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