Re: Software for Documentation?

Subject: Re: Software for Documentation?
From: Peter Martin <peterm -at- FOXBORO -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 10:27:10 +1000

At 15:55 7/05/99 -0400, Christine Pellar-Kosbar wrote:
>Hi,
>
>We're looking for a software package that does the following:
>
>1. Imports and exports quality HTML (not like MS Word)
>
>2. Handles conditional text
>
>3. Handles basic graphics and tables
>
>4. Can be used on a Windows-based machine or a UNIX box
>
>5. Imports and exports Word files
>
>Currently, all our documentation is on the Web in HTML format. We'd like to
>produce it in both HTML and PDF. Ideally, we would like to find an
alternative to
>Powerpoint for creating our training in HTML.
>
>Are we dreaming here? Is anyone out there creating documentation in HTML
and PDF?
>How do you do it? How do you maintain the files if you use two different
programs?
>
Can't remember using conditional text in it, but apart
from that, you should consider Star Office, v 5.0.

It reads Word better than Word does in some instances,
also MIF. Runs on both Windows and UNIX, and has an
advantage over Frame: there is a version for Linux.
(Anyone listening in Adobe yet ? ORACLE did it, why
can't you ? )

Star Office is a suite of programs, and will read and write HTML
PowerPoint, Excel etc as well as Word. It includes a vector
graphics editor, etc

Cheaper than Frame. And MS Office.
Has been a bit short on documentation in English
(it's of German origin), but latest release has a couple of
manuals if you buy the CD pack as a pro user rather than
downloading the HUGE publicly-available files.

Worth checking out. Particularly if you find a free OS
like Linux is worth much more than what you pay for it.

I bought my Linux version, and am finding increasing uses
for it. Have tried the Windows one, and now about to buy
that, too.



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Peter Martin, Contract Tech. Writer peterm -at- foxboro -dot- com -dot- au
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