Re: Structured FM versus Arbortext Editor

Subject: Re: Structured FM versus Arbortext Editor
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, "Michael Johnson" <k7rvx -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:26:35 -0400

Structured FM is easy, as long as you don't try to do anything outside the structure and you use a dual-monitor setup so you can see the structure and the text simultaneously.

Arbortext was a piece of cake last time I used it, long ago.

I'm suspecting you are ideally suited to the task.

Another possibility is emacs, because it can help you keep things balanced, but it's somewhat more roll-ypur-own.

On Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:17:06 -0400, Michael Johnson <k7rvx -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

Hi Folks,
In the near future the small company I work for will be creating new USAF tech orders in SGML for inclusion in a large database. From what I understand, aviation manufacturers, the military, and the IRS are among the few organizations that still use SGML technical content.
It looks like I will be the writer who will compose the SGML. I have read what few books are still in print on the subject, and have a rudimentary understanding of what's in store.
I am looking for recommendations on which editor to use. It looks like the options are structured FM and Arbortext editor. I already have FM9 and have a couple of years of experience generating unstructured FM, but the boss indicates he is willing to purchase the Arbortext editor and whatever technical support is necessary to get us up and running.
I would certainly appreciate any advice or war stories you are willing to share, particulary with classroom training from PTC (the inventors of Arbortext).
Mike Johnson
Syracuse, Utah

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