Single sourcing- what method/tool works best?

Subject: Single sourcing- what method/tool works best?
From: kalpana thakar <k_thakar -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 03:03:12 -0800 (PST)

Hi,

I am looking for suggestions regarding single sourcing. Would appreciate your feedback.

In my work environment, there's a user guide ( output PDF) as well as an online help. 50% content from 6 chapters of the user guide is being re-used for generating online Help.

Currently 2 different frame books are maintened for this purpsoe- i.e., one framebook for the user guide that contains 15 chapters and another frame book for the online help that just contains 50% information from the 6 chapters in the user guide.

We are looking at having a single set of source files for generating the PDF as well as the online help. Since framemaker is being used, would conditional text be a good option or can anyone suggest a better alternative.

Any suggetsions would be welcome.

Regards,
Kalpana.



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