RE: Justifying FM (was About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions)

Subject: RE: Justifying FM (was About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions)
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: William Sherman <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:06:49 -0400

I have avoided Word for docs over the years for many reasons, but not the reviewer "mess[ing] up the styles". After being bitten a few times, I either gave reviewers PDF copies, or let them mess all they wanted with a Word copy, but that version was filtered through Notepad to incorporate their changes into MY copy, that they could never touch. Hell would have frozen over before I'd use a version that somebody else gave me and simply "accept changes".

Nuh-uh!



-----Original Message-----
From: William Sherman
Sent: April-10-13 10:12 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Justifying FM (was About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions)

You don't say, but I bet the options at the time of the previous writer were Word or FrameMaker.

If you want everyone to mess with your document, you use Word. If you want to maintain control, you use FrameMaker.

I cannot count the number of times I have had to repair manuals that were final release ready because someone reviewing them decided to make a change using their normal template and mess up the styles.


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References:
Justifying FM (was About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions): From: Chris Morton
Re: Justifying FM (was About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions): From: William Sherman

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