You may want to look over, and play with, the FM DITA plug in. It's a structured tool, obviously, but seems to be a rationally usable tool rather than an entire philosophy.
Art On 2/15/07, Gordon McLean <Gordon.McLean at grahamtechnology.com> wrote: > "If you work in the tech industry and don't have time to learn, your fate is > sealed." > > I know what you are saying, but you are presuming that learning how to use a > technology is more important than learning whether or not that technology is > cost-effective to me in my current situation. > > On top of that, at the moment and to a lot of people, structured FrameMaker > talks the talk but -heavens to betsy- the walk looks like a complicated one. > When the walk is a little easier, I'll start to learn the steps. Just as I > did with HTML, then CSS. > > There is a brewing thought in here about Tipping Points but time marches > on.. > > So, that's what I have learned about structured FrameMaker, but then I tend > to let the early adopters do all the work and then swoop in later on. ;-) > > G > > > -----Original Message----- > Jeremy, I don't think that is harsh at all. What I think is harsh is the > constant discouragement from learning and professional development from > certain members of this list. It is so important for any tech writer to > learn about structured content, and I do not think I am any smarter than > anyone else just because I have expertise in structure. The only difference > with me is that I just spent the last five years being interested in it, and > I would like others to be interested in it as well. And that excuse about > "not having time" is really quite worn out. If you work in the tech industry > and don't have time to learn, your fate is sealed. > > And by the way, HTML is a perfect example of fully structured content, and > the web is a good example of the miracles that are possible with it. Thanks > for bringing that up. > -- Art Campbell art.campbell at gmail.com "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson No disclaimers apply. DoD 358