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:

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.


> -----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

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