Re: Single-Sourcing and Salesforce

Subject: Re: Single-Sourcing and Salesforce
From: Yves Barbion <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Robyn Chittister <rchittister -at- vlocity -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 21:48:15 +0100

Hi Robyn

Salesforce uses DITA for their documentation. Just google "salesforce" and
"dita" for more info. FrameMaker supports DITA, and you get enhanced DITA
support with Leximation's DITA-FMx plugin. oXygenXML supports DITA too and
runs on Windows and Mac, so DITA seems like an obvious choice to me.

Kind regards

Yves Barbion
www.scripto.nu

On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 8:45 PM, Robyn Chittister <rchittister -at- vlocity -dot- com>
wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I'm 1 of 1-1/2 technical writers at a start up that creates cloud apps for
> Salesforce. We are currently using Salesforce Knowledge to create and
> deliver our documentation. Knowledge is possibly the worst documentation
> tool I have ever used. We've been looking at various single-sourcing
> solutions, and we're down to MadCap Flare and FrameMaker.
>
> I've never used Flare. We had a pitch meeting with MadCap, and it seems
> like Flare does everything we want it to do. The only thing that we weren't
> sure about is how Flare might deliver a format that can be integrated into
> a Salesforce app. Even the engineer and sales consultant didn't know. I
> know that Salesforce uses Flare to create their developer documentation,
> but that's separate from what appears in their actual product.
>
> Meanwhile, I'm a FrameMaker user from way back - I started with FM+SGML 5.5
> in 1999. I developed templates and tools for FM+SGML and FM+XML from
> 1999-2005. I've used FM 12 in an unstructured environment, and am happy to
> see the improvements. I'm not sure how many improvements there have been in
> the structured environment, however. I've tried to contact Adobe, and have
> gotten a human being to say he'll give my questions to a solutions
> specialist to answer. Knowing Adobe, I'm not going to hold my breath.
>
> My questions are:
>
> - Is anyone here writing doc for Salesforce or Salesforce apps? If so,
> what tools do you use?
> - Is there a good comparison of the most recent versions of Flare v. FM?
> The only ones I've been able to find are from several years ago.
> - Is anyone here using FM+XML (either v12 or 2015) who could answer some
> specific questions I have about it?
> - If you use Flare, how do you handle the review process? Our reviewers
> will not have the MadCap software to comment on docs, so we're concerned
> about how to manage comments and the like.
>
> We're a Mac house, so I can't just download the trial versions. We
> understand that we will need to get me set up with a VM and Windows to use
> the software we choose.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
>
> ~Robyn
>
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