Help! Authoring/maintaining content directly in RoboHelp 9 (HTML) -- Best practices...?

Subject: Help! Authoring/maintaining content directly in RoboHelp 9 (HTML) -- Best practices...?
From: ryan -dot- minaker -at- ca -dot- pwc -dot- com
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 09:41:31 -0500

Hi everyone,

I have a medium sized(?) RoboHelp project (about 200 pages). The source
content is contained within RoboHelp (i.e., typed directly into the
RoboHelp HTML authoring tool). I'm finding that this makes drafting and
reviewing updates to the content extremely inefficient. I think that I
might be doing something wrong here, but this is the process that I've
been following when I update this content:

1. Export the project to printed documentation (MS Word).
2. Turn on track changes in MS Word and update the document.
3. Have the SME review and provide comments etc.
4. Copy and paste the updated content into RoboHelp (HTML)...

Any time copy and paste is part of a process, there is definitely a
problem... but I can't see any way around this. In the past, I maintained
content in FrameMaker or (worst case) Word and then I would run in through
RoboHelp or Webworks etc to generate the HTML help...

Is there a better way? I really need to remove these two extra steps from
this process (1 and 4). Ideally, I'm open to anything, including XML or
using a different authoring tool etc..


Thanks in advance,

Ryan

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