Re: Using Word and Frame together

Subject: Re: Using Word and Frame together
From: Karen Gwynn/Datatel <Karen_Gwynn -at- DATATEL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 08:34:58 EDT

From Caryn Rizell:
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Hi!

We are thinking about using Frame for paper documents and Word for
online documents. I'm curious to find out whether anyone else is
doing this/has considered this.

I know that you can't import Frame docs into Word, but you can import
Word docs into Frame.

Our dilemma is that Frame is far superior for books, but Word (and
addons) are far superior for creating online help. But, what if we
want to link a book to our online help?

Just some thoughts/questions that have cropped up as we think about
this. What have others done regarding choosing tools for books vs
tools for online?

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We are in the very early stages of moving to more online documentation (we
provide field-level help that is integrated with our product, but are
considering other electronic solutions). Anyway, if your issue is single source
(you want to write the text once and use it for both paper and online), I think
the answer is SGML. I am not an expert on this, like I said, we are just
beginning to branch out into this, but it seems that SGML is tool independent
which means you can construct your text us SGML and then use it for online help
or paper doc, using either FrameMaker or Word.

Since I may be out in left field on this, I would like to hear from anyone who
might be able to shed more like on the subject.

Karen Gwynn
kwg -at- datatel -dot- com


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