RE: Two Professional Questions

Subject: RE: Two Professional Questions
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: Roberta Hennessey <rahennessey -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 12:56:18 -0700

Roberta Hennessey wrote:

> Hi moderator,
> I have two questions I'd like to post to the list. If you have any
> questions, you may contact me.

Congratulations, you've posted to the list. There is no moderator filtering messages. If you're ever in doubt about the appropriateness of something, send it to admin@ (as indicated at the bottom of each message you receive from the list).

> 2. I am on a contract job and using Word to document an application. My
> manager has asked to outline the benefits of going with FrameMaker instead
> of Word. I have a draft in Word and my idea is to show a mock up of a
> FrameMaker document to visually display the quality difference.

I happen to think that FM is superior to Word in many respects, but Gene is right -- it depends on the situation, and if an experienced FM user can't think of obvious benefits in a specific situation, there probably isn't much of a case to be made.

In any case, an FM mockup strikes me as pointless. FM's major advantages involve process (large doc management, solid autonumbering, better generated lists and xrefs, variables, conditions, etc.), not appearance. What kind of visual "quality difference" would you expect a mockup to reveal?

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


Create and publish documentation through multiple channels with Doc-To-Help.
Choose your authoring formats and get any output you may need. Try
Doc-To-Help, now with MS SharePoint integration, free for 30-days.

LavaCon 2010 in San Diego Sept 29 - Oct 2 is now open for registration.
Use referral code TECHWR-L for $50 off conference tuition!
See program at:

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:

Two Professional Questions: From: Roberta Hennessey

Previous by Author: RE: Suggestions: Internal and Expernal Certifications for Tec Wriers in product based company!!
Next by Author: RE: Two Professional Questions
Previous by Thread: Re: Two Professional Questions
Next by Thread: Fwd: Two Professional Questions

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads