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>Arbortext is probably the best authoring tool for SGML currently. I am not
>using SGML but I have been educating myself about SGML. I know of a number
>of companies that have limited SGML applications.
>SGML Author for Word has gotten very bad press. The FrameMaker+SGML has not
>been released yet so no feedback there yet. Supposedly, this release will
>produce public domain SGML and there is an open ended range of DTD that can
>be formulated under FrameMaker+SGML.
>The reason that most people that I have talked to prefer Arbortext is that
>it does the best job of enforcing the rules that are defined in the DTD.
>Tell me more about what you are doing and how you are wanting to use. There
>are two very key issues that need to be dealt with at the very beginning.
>One is the do a thorough document analysis and to get all parties that are
>going to be using (input or output) to buy into the rules and the other is
>to have strong political support for your project.
>What does this mean? Since we have all gotten used to WYSIWYG, there are
>always people in any organization that want to deviate from the pre-defined
>structure of the document. You do the analysis very thoroughly and get
>everyone to buy in, one way or another. Then, if problems arise, as they
>will you have the leverage to resolve them satisfactorily.
>There are any number of very good SGML books out. You might want to pick up
>Hope this helps.
>Lone Star Chapter
>Manager of SGML PIC
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>>Are any of you using SGML to develop online documents? If so, what tools
>>are you using? FrameMaker+SGML, SGML Author for Word, others?
>>Any feelings on SGML? Advantages, disadvantages?
>>As you can see, this is very open-ended. We are looking at SGML as a way
>>to create a variety of documents (paper, online, HTML). There is a lot of
>>talk about SGML, but I haven't found very many people that are actually
>>Any responses/comments will be appreciated.