Or WebWorks Publisher.

Consider, how many hours to create your non-RoboHelp or non-WWP solution? Then, 
how many hours needed each project to maintain your custom solution. And, what 
is the cost per hour of that time. Versus,  buying software that automates that 
output for you?

I assume you would be managing the source FM files in GIT and not necessarily 
the output HTML and PDF files, but either way, managing HTML output from RH or 
WWP would really be no different than managing HTML straight from FM.



On Jul 15, 2014, at 2:07 PM, Joe Malin <joe.ma...@magnet.com> wrote:

> Hi!
> I work for a small startup that delivers documentation to software 
> developers. I’m investigating how to continue our strategy of publishing to 
> HTML so that we can “merge” our reference documentation (such as Javadoc) 
> with our developer guides, samples, and so forth. 
> Our legacy is unstructured FrameMaker 12, which I’d prefer to continue for 
> the moment. We use FrameMaker’s multi-publishing feature to output to 
> Responsive HTML5, using the RoboHelp features that come with FM. However, 
> this approach isn’t customizable, as far as I can tell. I’m sure to get 
> pressure to make our docs conform to the rest of the company’s design 
> philosophy.
> How should I proceed? Full RoboHelp would probably give us the customization 
> we need without a lot of work, but RoboHelp is very expensive. We could go to 
> structured FM and convert XML to HTML5 using XSLT (I was a software engineer 
> in a past life, so I don’t find this troubling), but it’s a lot of work. 
> Going to a different content/publishing solution would take some ‘splaining, 
> since we’ve already invested in FM 12. But, if it were cheap enough, we could 
> consider it.
> I should add that we use Git for CMS. This approach actually works pretty 
> well, since our goal is to track versions and branches rather than save space 
> or do line-by-line reviews. For reviews, we’re currently using Acrobat XI 
> features based on tagged PDF from FM 12.
> Thoughts? I would be grateful for any advice!
> Joe

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