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

Subject: Re: Help! Authoring/maintaining content directly in RoboHelp 9 (HTML) -- Best practices...?
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 10:54:22 -0500

As a best practice, I keep my reviewers fingers as far away as
possible from my source files. The vast majority of reviewers have no
concept of using styles, which can lead to all sorts of formatting
problems and wasted time as I fix things. If I'm the one doing the
editing, I can keep my code clean.

So if I were you, I'd keep the current workflow.

On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 9:41 AM, <ryan -dot- minaker -at- ca -dot- pwc -dot- com> wrote:
> 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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