Re: Structured FM versus Arbortext Editor

Subject: Re: Structured FM versus Arbortext Editor
From: Mark Giffin <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: Michael Johnson <k7rvx -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:21:15 -0700

If I were already using FrameMaker, I would have a desire to use Arbortext because it would increase my areas of knowledge, which is a selfish goal I admit. I have used Structured FrameMaker and Arbortext, and it was not difficult to make PDFs with Arbortext. The practical argument of staying with what you know (FrameMaker) is a good one though.

One thing to consider is what is being done generally in the industry, and I believe that the USAF and many other defense-related entities use Arbortext heavily.

What DTD are you going to use? S1000D?

Mark Giffin

On 8/16/2011 8:17 AM, Michael Johnson 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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