The point is that you tag a UI element as a UI element because 
it is a UI element. You make it bold (or whatever) at a later point
in the process based on how you choose to format the semantically
tagged elements for a given deliverable. The element itself is tagged 
according to what kind of information it is, so the tagging is basically
meta-information that has added value to your content because it
can be used in all sorts of post-processing operations.

Semantic tagging of in-line elements (like names of parameters
and API functions) is so valuable that our pubs group was doing it 
in our Word documentation many before we transitioned to Frame,
which was several years before we were acquired by Intel and even 
more years before Intel sold off that business unit and all those 
documents.

My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel.
Fred Ridder (fred dot ridder at intel dot com)
Intel
Parsippany, NJ



-----Original Message-----
From: framers-bounces+fred.ridder=intel.com at lists.frameusers.com 
[mailto:framers-bounces+fred.ridder=intel....@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf 
Of Charles Beck
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:16 PM
To: Steve Rickaby; framers at FrameUsers.com
Cc: MATT TODD
Subject: RE: Reasons to Structure

Sorry to be so delinquent in responding to this; I have my excuses.

Some of us actually LIKE the left-brain right-brain gear shifting and are quite 
efficient at it. Mind you, I am a great proponent of structured authoring in 
theory and a miserable practitioner. Maybe it is because I am blessed with a 
mind that is peculiarly both analytical and creative in more-or-less equal 
measure. 

Besides-with the caveat that I have not actually experienced *enforced* 
structured authoring, per s?-if you need to format a word or phrase for 
emphasis or for special recognition (such as bolding UI elements), don't you 
still have to tag that content somewhere? So where is the great advantage? 

As I understand structured authoring (with my admittedly limited 
understanding), its strengths seem to lie more in the realm of freeing the 
author from having to make specific adhoc formatting decisions that may or 
(more likely) may not be consistent. That, and enforcing certain rules about 
what content is required, accepted, optional, etc. 

Is it not so? 

Chuck Beck 


-----Original Message-----
From: framers-bounces+charles.beck=infor.com at lists.frameusers.com 
[mailto:framers-bounces+charles.beck=infor....@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf 
Of Steve Rickaby
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 10:10 AM
To: framers at FrameUsers.com
Cc: MATT TODD
Subject: Re: Reasons to Structure

At 06:45 -0800 12/2/07, Rene Stephenson wrote:

>  * Dynamic formatting: you can use structured FM to create formats that 
> behave differently depending on various surrounding factors, like indent to a 
> certain level if it follows X paragraph but to a different level if it 
> follows Y paragraph.

This is true, but is only part of [this part] of the story.

You can, if you choose, construct an EDD that applies all formatting, using the 
context-sensitive features that Rene describes. To see what this can mean in 
terms of productivity, consider the actions an author performs when working 
with unstructured FrameMaker:

. Write a bit (left brain, focus on content)

. Go to paragraph catalog, apply a paragraph format (right brain, focus on 
presentation)

. Write a bit more (left brain, focus on content)

. Think about character markup-up, select a word (right brain, focus on 
presentation)

. Go to character catalog, apply a character format (right brain, focus on 
presentation)

. Write some more (left brain, focus on content)

. Decide that you don't like the presentation (right brain), go mess with the 
Paragraph Designer, waste twenty minutes...

Thus the author is constantly switching mental modalities and is constantly 
distracted from the job at hand: writing.

Contrast this with using a structured document in which the EDD controls the 
formatting:

. Select an element (mid-brain ;-)

. Write (left brain)

. Hit return: EDD controls next element (no brain ;-)

. Write (left brain)

and so on... with absolutely no trips to paragraph catalog or Paragraph 
Designer, ever. And this is only one of a great many advantages of structure: 
others will elaborate all the stuff about validation, round-tripping, 
single-sourcing, standards and so on.

Forgive me if I've got left brain and right brain the wrong way around: I'm 
left-handed.

--
Steve
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