Hi, Deirdre. FWIW, I am on very few lists, but I find that reading this one is pretty essential. I spend about 50% of my time working on technical documents (using FrameMaker, of course) and I read every e-mail from this list, since it sometimes relates to something I need to know/learn about - maybe not immediately, but for the future.
MIF = Maker Interchange Format ... used by FrameMaker to output the binary FM files in a known "readable" format. Allows you to see what is inside the FM files, edit (carefully!) the files to fix things, etc. DITA = Darwin Information Typing Architecture ... Wikipedia has a semi-decent explanation of what this is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Information_Typing_Architecture. FWIW, I don't use DITA (or Structured FM ... yet) since I am an individual writer and can re-use my work easily enough anyway, with a consistent format, etc. If we get larger, with multi-person writing projects, then it may make sense for us. Z > -----Original Message----- > From: framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of > Deirdre Reagan > Sent: Monday, July 21, 2008 8:44 AM > To: Framer's List > Subject: Thank You > > Dear Framers: > > It's been seven months since I joined this list. I had never seen > FrameMaker before in my life, and while I was proficient with parts of > Word, I'd never worked with documents that required more than a TOC, > autonumbering and an appendix. > > Last week, I was asked to do a number of things in FrameMaker, and I > realized, "Hey! I know how to do this!" > > So, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you all for your help and > willingness to share. You all have been incredibly helpful to me, > answering my questions and patiently repeating instructions until the > lightbulb went off in my head. > > There are so many things I still don't know (what's a MIF? what is > DITA? etc etc), but I am so grateful and appreciative for what I have > learned, and I know I could not have done it without this community. > > Thank you all so very much. > > Deirdre