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Structured FrameMaker can use DITA source but the documentation and
samples are inadequate. Reportedly DITA-FMx makes it easier.
Switching from whatever to DITA for theoretical reasons without a
cost-benefit analysis is pointy-haired.
On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 9:38 AM, Andrew Harvie <withanie -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> I've spent the last few years using one of the standard
> help-authoring programs - one that doesn't include any DITA awareness.
> For the past few days, I've been researching DITA because my nerdy
> side just loves the idea of structure, metadata, organization...
> What I've found so far has left me feeling a bit bemused. It's as if
> I've stumbled through a time warp, back to the late 1980's. I have
> write Ant scripts in order to have anything other than the standard
> ugly output? Use the Microsoft Help Compiler after running the DITA
> transform in order to add index references and context sensitive
> mapping ID values to my CHM output? (I saw in a Scriptorium webcast
> that they're charging pretty good dollars for a improved DITA to PDF
> transform. That implies a high level of difficulty in order to
> customize the transformation scripts.)
> One thing I have noticed is that many of the DITA references that
> I've found on the web, date back to 2007 or before. Perhaps someone
> out there has created a help-authoring tool that allows you to work in
> a native DITA environment (not just import DITA files) _and_ provides
> all of the output-beautification features that one expects in a modern
> help authoring tool? Anyone?
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