Re: Documentation collaboration - best practices and tools used?

Subject: Re: Documentation collaboration - best practices and tools used?
From: Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>
To: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:29:55 -0800

Hello Robert,

Thanks for that thought but there is two problems with this idea:
1) Review via email isn't very collaborative, it is fine when there is one
reviewer but terribly inefficient when you have 15 potential reviewers. I
suppose this method might work via a SharePoint server but we are primarily
a Linux environment so that will never happen. :]

2) Flare's Word output is legendarily poor. Even with careful attention to
css tuning, it is nearly unusable output, when working with complex
documentation.

Ideally, I am looking for a collaborative tool that allows full editing and
accepts PDF, HTML (with images) input... or perhaps even DITA or XML input.
One tool I did look into is *http://www.fontoxml.com/
<http://www.fontoxml.com/> but *their pricing is really high!


*Best regards,*
Shawn

On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 12:18 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
wrote:

> If you have Flare, you can export to Word, open that in LibreOffice
> Writer (free, runs on Linux and Mac OS), and turn on Show Changes.
> Save and give that to the SMEs for review.
>
> Or import the Word document in Confluence.
>
> On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM, Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com> wrote:
> > ... once I build content in Flare, I have no
> > easy way of allowing SMEs to edit the document's content (full text
> > editing, that is).
> > ...
> > Confluence - cons: seems to only allow Word input conversion. I really
> > only have HTML or PDF sources to work with.
>



--
*Shawn Connelly*
Technical writer
<shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>

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