Re: MS Publisher for Technical Documents

Subject: Re: MS Publisher for Technical Documents
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:57:31 -0400

Right. It sounds like a blunder that should be avoided. Publisher might be the right tool for making a few marketing fliers. That they already use it for that purpose is not sufficient reason to use it everywhere. There is an anecdote that covers the situation:

- Mr. Jones, how did you accomplish your success in business?
---- Good decisions.
- Well, how does one learn to make good decisions?
---- Experience.
- Yes, but where does one get the experience?
---- Bad decisions.

Your employer has the opportunity to make a good decision.

PS: Do not allow the existence of Adobe PageMaker's ".pub" files delude anyone into assuming compatibility with Publisher's .pub files. They are in no way similar.

On Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:12:11 -0400, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

I have never heard of anyone using Publisher for technical documentation.
It's long been considered a non-contender, even in the simple desktop
publishing arena. Truth be told, most view it as a tool used by soccer moms and church secretaries. (Nothing against those folks.)

Chris

On Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 3:47 AM, wondersofone <wondersofone -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

Anyone have experience with using MS Publisher for technical documents,
namely using the current 2013 version? We will have a lot of cross
references between hundreds of individual documents. Single sourcing might not be important at this time, but may be in the near future.
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References:
MS Publisher for Technical Documents: From: wondersofone
Re: MS Publisher for Technical Documents: From: Chris Morton

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