Re: least awful approach for keeping training slides up to date with core doc updates

Subject: Re: least awful approach for keeping training slides up to date with core doc updates
From: Tom Johnson <tomjohnson1492 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:32:50 -0800

Along these same lines, does anyone know how to export content from an HTML
source to Excel spreadsheets? Our delivery group uses Excel spreadsheets to
customize the request elements customers will use in an API (filtering the
body request down from hundred of elements to a manageable handful). Other
than somehow generating a CSV export from a source, I have never tried to
single source content into a spreadsheet output.

Tom

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On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 1:22 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
wrote:

> I'm facing this at my current job but have been through it several times
> before.
>
> Typical situation is a single-source authoring tool (Flare, FrameMaker
> maybe with an add-on, or the like) that's doing fine generating online
> help and PDF.
>
> Training slides are a subset of the core docs, reformatted to 16:9,
> text expurgated or condensed to fit the space, styles changed to fit
> the medium. (PowerPoint is the default but we could live with anything
> that could be converted to PDF.)
>
> Usually the slides are created manually. Updates are tedious so things
> tend to get out of sync.
>
> Anyone have a good set of tools and procedures for this? If not direct
> single-sourcing to slides, at least some sort of workflow that would
> automate a lot of the repetitive work.
>
> For example, something I tried that did not work. My source is in
> Confluence, and I can export to Word, so I thought I'd write a
> template that would reformat that into something that would need only
> editing and page breaks, but it turns out the export does not use
> styles except for headings, so I can't mass-reformat bulleted and
> numbered lists or code listing by applying a template. Cleaning up
> that stuff is less efficient than just cutting and pasting from the
> source into PowerPoint.
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