Flare archiving

Subject: Flare archiving
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 10:35:15 -0400

My cow-orker - I have to stop calling him "the new guy", since it's been over
a year we've had a second writer - has been busily working up a template
scheme in MadCap Flare, for PDF and Help single-sourcing.

The bug in his bonnet has been that he insisted on starting with for-PDF
layout, formatting, styles, etc., and going from a Flare-generated book to a
set of Flare-generated WebHelp topics.

He just spent a few days working from home, to finish up. He used his
own home computer running Windows 7. Then he used Flare's built-in
compression-archive utility (I didn't even know Flare had one...) to ball
it up and mail it to himself at the office.

Here at the office, he unpacked it on his Windows XP PC using
7-zip.

Many things, including a lot of filenames now have %-whatever
characters embedded, which breaks the Flare links and references.

My first thought, if something odd happens is to abandon the mess,
go back to the intended tool, and point of departure, and re-do the operation.
In this case, that would be to unpack again, but using Flare's feature, not 7-zip.

My cow-orker intends to just go through the mess and fix names and links.

I think he's nuts, and now I have perhaps less trust in the outcome of his project
(which I was expecting to use, real-soon-now).

As far as I know, he doesn't read this list. :)
Regardless, I did already tell him that I think he's nuts, so that's covered.

Thoughts? Comments?

-k

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