Re: Frame+SGML and other candidates for sing

Subject: Re: Frame+SGML and other candidates for sing
From: Cees Hesp <ceeshesp -at- TIP -dot- NL>
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 15:04:12 +0200

Carl,

The answer is yes, and a product that does exactly that is available too.

It's called HTM-S, short for HyperText Management System.
It builds both plain HTML- and HTML Help-based documentation from
collections of information topics stored in an MS Access database.

HTM-S works with any HTML editor, and any browser. For optimum
results, support for Cascading Style Sheets is required (meaning
versions 4 or higher of IE or NN).

For paper/electrpnic manuals, you can output your publication (i.e. a set of topics)
to a single file, which you can then further process in your favorite word
processor or page layout program, and output to PDF.

For more information, see:

http://www.chipinfo.com/products/htms.htm

A 30-day trial version is available from:

http://www.chipinfo.com/downloads/software.htm

Cees Hesp
CHIP Info productions


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Van: Carl Stieren [SMTP:STIEREN -at- SIMWARE -dot- COM]
Verzonden: Thursday, May 14, 1998 5:47 PM
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Onderwerp: Frame+SGML and other candidates for sing

Hello Colleagues,

Has anyone moved from documentation in PDF, HTML and WinHelp into a
single-source solution, especially one with HTML as one of the output
formats?

We have a Java-based product with nearly 200,000 words in a variety of PDF,
HTML and WinHelp formats. We'd like to use Frame+SGML as our authoring tool
and documentation source. However, we're using Frame 5.5 now, and I have NO
idea how difficult it will be to get, build or modify DTDs.

We''re considering storing our source in Frame+SGML (or even better yet, in
a database, perhaps a Microsoft Access database we build), and output our
documents to:

* one PDF file (an electronic book for users who want to print the whole
shebang)

* many HTML files with an index and table of contents in HTML for Web-based
searching.

Has anyone done this or anything like this?

Has anyone in a small-to-medium size company done this? At Simware in
Ottawa, we have 100 staffers, including two technical writers, one
multimedia guy, and two user interface designers.

- Carl Stieren
Senior Information Developer
Simware, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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