Re: Frame -> Word (LONG!!)

Subject: Re: Frame -> Word (LONG!!)
From: Cindy Metzger <cmetzger -at- DUKANE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 10:09:55 -0500


Aagh! Run the other way! My division briefly toyed with the idea of
switching our documentation from Ventura to Word. As a result, I spent
hours trying to take one of our existing documents and recreate it in Word.
It was a big pain and the results were not satisfactory. We use a
multi-column format, and it was nearly impossible to get the text to flow
properly, much less to place the graphics where we wanted them. I never
even got to the point of trying cross-referencing or grouping the files
into a book. Fortunately, based on my experiences, we were able to convince
our management to abandon the idea.

You might want to look at, which
compares word processing vs desktop publishing. It specifically discusses
Word vs
Ventura, but I'm sure a lot of it will be applicable to you.

Let us know what happens!

> Dear all
> My company's decided that all internal documentation should be in Word
format, despite
> the fact that most of our manuals were written in FrameMaker....
<snippety snip>
> Thanks in advance for any suggestions. I'd also appreciate good reasons
for persuading them why
> conversion is not worth it, and why Frame maybe a superior product (IMHO)
for larger jobs.

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