Re: Integrated DTP and WinHelp generation?

Subject: Re: Integrated DTP and WinHelp generation?
From: David Barda <davidb -at- VAST -dot- UNSW -dot- EDU -dot- AU>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 1996 18:45:12 +1100

I am looking for something similar to you. I am tending towards
Framemaker which can output HTML, and RTF (which can then be editted
using robohelp), or you can publish the help file with HTML, PDF or
Frameviewer. But I am still investigating, if you hear any news yourself
please inform me


James Owens wrote:

> Having finally gotten my feet wet in online help, I foresee that the extra
> work, when added to my usual duties, is likely to swamp me. Please give me
> the benefit of your advice.

> At the moment I am maintaining two parallel documents, one in Ventura
> DOS/GEM and the other in RTFGEN. It was easy enough to create one from
> the other -- a few well-planned search-and-replace operations and some
> polishing are all that is needed -- but the bother of _editing_ everything
> twice is beginning to tell on me.

> I have heard that it is possible to generate and maintain help files as a
> subset of printed manuals, using tools that incorporate a kind of "include
> file" technology (and presumably universal cross-referencing.) Is this
> accurate?

> Assuming that things can be done this way, does it make for good online
> help? My concern is that the online medium differs so much from paper
> that it seems to call for at least partly independent design. Can these
> tools make allowance for the different approaches required by different
> media?

> --
> James Owens ad354 -at- Freenet -dot- carleton -dot- ca
> Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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