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>>>From: Merrick, Tim [mailto:tim -dot- merrick -at- LSIL -dot- COM]
>>>Have any of you tried creating multiple deliverables from
>>>book? If so, was it a success or a nightmare? What are some things to
>>>consider as I plan for the project? What traps can I avoid?
>>>I know this can
>>>be done, but is it the best solution?
Yes, I am currently creating printed and online help deliverables from each
of my FrameMaker documents.
This is proving to be a success. While tracking two conditions and two sets
of information in one document is more complex than not using conditions,
using conditions beats the **** out of writing multiple documents. Updating
one book is a lot easier, too.
I have not run into any traps, yet. I've only been doing this for a quarter,
though, since I purchased Quadralay's WebWorks Publisher for online help
creation. I expect you will do fine, a multi-condition document really does
not need any management beyond what you would normally do for a project.
Just allow yourself a little more time to write-in extra information (this
is a little more than one book) and I recommend testing before releasing,
though I have experienced no failures.