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Subject:Re: Database Publishing From:"Wilcox, John (WWC, Contractor)" <wilcoxj -at- WDNI -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 24 Feb 1998 17:08:00 -0800
From: Garret Romaine
I haven't seen this addressed lately, so I thought I'd see if anyone has
any thoughts about database publishing. The concept is pretty
straightforward: by tagging text that is reused throughout a
documentation set, you only have to update once, and the system
constructs the manual based on everything set for the tags.
Corel Ventura 7 includes Corel Database Publisher (which was introduced
back in version 4 or so). I haven't used the latest version -- same
problem with declining market share as Interleaf -- too bad having a
great product doesn't necessarily mean you'll have a great market share
-- but I assume the concept hasn't changed. It uses a straightforward
process of 1) selecting the type of database management system you're
using, 2) selecting the fields to import into the doc, and 3) declaring
which fields you want mapped to which Ventura tags. For more info, see
John Wilcox, Documentation Specialist
Timberlands Information Services, Application Delivery Group
Weyerhaeuser, WWC 2E2, Box 2999
Tacoma, WA 98477-2999 USA
253-924-7972 mailto:wilcoxj -at- wdni -dot- com
(I don't speak for Weyerhaeuser, and they return the favor.)