Re: Structured FM versus Arbortext Editor

Subject: Re: Structured FM versus Arbortext Editor
From: Paul Nagai <naglists -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:57:39 -0700

Arbortext Editor definitely supports visual formatting. It is not
WYSIWYPrint, however. The screen stylesheet can be customized with just
Editor, if I recall correctly, no other product required.

One expert calls it WYSIWYNeed.


On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM, Scott Turner <quills -at- airmail -dot- net> wrote:

> Think HTML on steroids. FrameMaker would probably work nicely for you.
> Arbortext editor will likely be more difficult for you to use since the
> display is primarily text without any visual formatting.
>
> On Aug 16, 2011, at 10:26, "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> wrote:
>
> > 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).
> >> Thanks,
> >> Mike Johnson
> >> Syracuse, Utah
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References:
Structured FM versus Arbortext Editor: From: Michael Johnson
Re: Structured FM versus Arbortext Editor: From: Peter Neilson
Re: Structured FM versus Arbortext Editor: From: Scott Turner

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