Re: Editors that support conditionals

Subject: Re: Editors that support conditionals
From: Debra Kahn <kahndebra -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "monique.semp (Earthlink)" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:15:49 -0700

Andrew,
Depending on how much text differs from each version, you might consider
techniques that some folks use for forms. I saw some excellent demos in a
lynda.com course I completed two years ago: "MS Word 2010 E-Forms" put
together by Gini Carter. She demos how to create an XML group for repeating
content control fields (so that they act like document property fields).
Thus if you want to use a content control to allow folks to choose between
"technical writer" and "certified genius," they only make that choice once
and all content controls in that same XML group reflect the same choice.
(At least that is how I remember it working.) The technique relied on an MS
Word plug-in called "Word 2007 Content Control Kit."

Hope this helps,
Deb Kahn

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On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 1:36 PM, monique.semp (Earthlink) <
monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote:

> Not free-to-cheap, but SmartDocs is something I've long wished to try:
> http://www.thirtysix.net/smartdocs/features.
>
> Sent from my iPhone - erratic word substitution, typos, & odd punctuation
> almost certain :(
>
> > On Jan 14, 2016, at 11:00 AM, Andrew Harvie <withanie -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> >
> > G'day all,
> >
> > We're all familiar with HAT programs that use conditionals to produce
> > multiple targets from the same document. What I'm looking for today is a
> > cheap-to-free text editor that can do something similar.
> >
> > The situation is that I've been asked to maintain a set of documents
> for
> > the marketing department. Those documents are currently in Word format
> and
> > are nearly identical. I rebel at the thought of trying to keep the
> > matching bits up to date across documents. My first impulse was to
> > transfer the whole thing to Flare and build multiple outputs, but that's
> > not allowed since I have the only license here and someone else might
> need
> > to edit.
> > A web search turned up LyX. Close, but I don't think it will work for
> > us. (After three hours of trying and searching, I couldn't figure out how
> > to override or edit a .Layout file to change the title font between serif
> > and sans, for goodness sakes!)
> >
> > Oh, and this editor I'm searching for must be able to export a
> > nicely-formatted document back to MS Word, with minimal post-processing.
> >
> > Any suggestions?
> >
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Editors that support conditionals: From: Andrew Harvie
Re: Editors that support conditionals: From: monique.semp (Earthlink)

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