Hi, Donna: The mechanics, as Gillian noted, once you develop a reliable process stream, don't add much effort to creating the output.
However, if your requirements for content that's appropriate for help differ from content that's appropriate for your other delivery formats, you'll need to learn to mark the content for each, and process the outputs appropriately. Again, the hardware and software tools can do this without getting tired, but the authors need to be mindful of each audience and delivery method while developing the content. You might want to post also to the lists at techwr-l.com, and the help authoring tools list, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hatt, for opinions on help authoring effort, practices, etc. HTH ________________ Regards, Peter Gold KnowHow ProServices At 12:49 PM -0600 4/11/06, Donna Bodner wrote: >Hello. I work in Framemaker version 7.1, soon to upgrade to 7.2. I >am toying with the idea of creating online help for some >applications that are currently documented in Framemaker as >unstructured files. This documentation is complex, and on average >the Frame files vary anywhere from 50 to 800 KB (over 4,000 files >for just one version). I am wondering what applications other Frame >documenters use to create online help? Also, were additional >employee resources needed in order to handle the task of online help >in addition to the normal documentation work load?