Re: Frame to On-line Help

Subject: Re: Frame to On-line Help
From: Alexia Prendergast <alexiap -at- SEAGATESOFTWARE -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 15:00:12 -0400

I'm going to be evaluating the mif2rtf filter from Omni systems
(http://www.omsys.com/dcl/mif2rtf.htm) to see if it can do the job.
I've heard good things about it. They claim it can take a Frame MIF,
convert it to RTF that is ready for the help compiler -- no Word or
HAT needed. I'll let you (the list) know how it does in a couple of
weeks.

If you haven't done so yet, you can search the framer's archives at
http://www.frameusers.com for more info on Frame and help and
various solutions that folks are using.)

A.
--
Alexia Prendergast
Senior Technical Writer
Seagate Software
mailto:alexiap -at- sems -dot- com

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Marie C. Paretti [SMTP:mparetti -at- RRINC -dot- COM]
>Sent: Monday, August 25, 1997 12:48 PM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Frame to On-line Help
>
>After reading through numerous archive messages, I've learned (I think)
>that one of the (few) problems with Frame is converting Frame docs to true
>on-line help (i.e. porting the docs into RoboHelp or Doc-2-Help). However,
>most of the archive stuff on the topic is several months old, and I know
>new software versions have come out recently for these products, so I'm
>wondering the move from Frame to RoboHelp via RTF files is still as messy
>as it seemed to be several months ago.
>
>The reason I ask is that our long-term goals for documentation include
>paper manuals, electronic versions distributed as PDF files via CD, docs on
>the Web (either as PDF or HTML), and some kind of actual on-line help
>(overkill maybe?!), and the trade-off seems to be that the better the tool
>for printed/PDF docs (i.e. Frame), the trickier it is to get it into usable
>on-line/context sensitive help ("survey says" Word/RoboHelp there). Since
>we'll be buying the latest and greatest of everything, I want to make sure
>I know exactly what the tradeoffs amount to.
>
>Since this is a much-discussed topic on the list and I'm really only
>interested in the ups and downs of the newer versions, please respond to me
>privately (unless, of course, other folks think this is a general-interest
>issue -- I'm happy to summarize if necesary).
>
>Thanks,
>Marie
>
>
>Marie C. Paretti
>Department of English Recognition Research, Inc.
>University of Wisconsin - Madison Blacksburg, Virginia
>mparetti -at- facstaff -dot- wisc -dot- edu mparetti -at- rrinc -dot- com
>
> Sometimes I feel like a dog
> standin' on a tool box
> in the back of a pickup truck
> doin' 90 round a corner
> just tryin' to hang on for dear life.
> James Bonamy
>
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