Re: framemaker to html format?

Subject: Re: framemaker to html format?
From: Elna Tymes <etymes -at- LTS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 21:01:41 -0800

Dianne -

> 1. Is FrameMaker able to be saved in html?

Heh, heh, heh. The answer is yes and no and sorta. Frame can do a passable
job of saving a chapter as HTML if it's really, really simple and you're not
using boldface or anything involving tabs or indents and you don't expect
bullets to show up. A whole writing team got canned recently by a pubs group
at a very well-known company because the manager insisted on using only Frame
to translate to HTML, not the other utilities that do a better job of it. And
Frame screwed up the HTML files.

> 2. If I prepare the files in framemaker and then save them to html, and
> then give them to the webmaster, would that be considered 'web ready' or
> would it need more work before being 'web ready'?

You should really check files you think are 'web ready' before handing them
off. For instance, check that any indents, tabs, bullets are where you
expected them to be. And *definitely* check that the links go where you thought
they should.

I can't answer your question about importing EPS files into Frame. I know you
can export something as an EPS file, but I'm guessing there are others here who
can better help you on this one.

Be aware that you can sometimes have problems when you're working in a
multi-platform environment and using Frame in PC, Mac, and Unix environments.
I haven't had problems with PC-Mac platforms, but apparently going from PC to
Unix, or Mac to Unix can make your life interesting. At least it did for
aforementioned doc team.

Elna Tymes
Los Trancos Systems

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