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Subject:Re: Frame versus Word -- a small rebuttal From:Mark Dempsey <mark -dot- dempsey -at- OSI -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 6 May 1999 09:32:50 -0700
Brierley, Sean wrote:
> Con Frame
> 1. It's not like Word. MS mavens, especially those who use Word poorly, will
> find a steep learning curve. Then again, it's not a Windows look and feel,
> as evidenced by the on-line help.
..On the other hand, once you're used to it (and know some keystroke
shortcuts), it's *much* faster than Word.
> 2. No macros.
...On the other hand, you can purchase a macro-making add-on for PCs
(UNIX version *does* have macros), or you can delve into the arcane word
of altering the keyboard (see http://www.microtype for reference
...On the other hand, you can also get plug-ins like IXGEN to make
indexing *much* easier in Frame.
...Sean also omitted the lack of Help Authoring Tools for Frame and the
plethora for Word. Okay, okay, Webworks is a HAT for Frame, and I
haven't tried their latest, but the learning curve is mighty steep for
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