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Subject: RE: DOCBOOK-APPS: best tool for docbook?
Apologies if this is not the best forum for this... I've been writing with Epic (and Adept SGML for several years before that). First, you are 100% right to worry about how your writers will react - resistance to markup from people who are used to word processors can be a serious obstacle. I don't know what the answer is, but adequate training is essential. Not only in using the tool, but understanding the purpose and benefits that justify such a drastic change. Epic is marvellous if you need it. But do a feature-by-feature analysis and understand which ones you need, because the license cost is just the beginning. You will need somebody fairly technical (and probably training at Arbortext) to set it up and maintain it. There seems to be an inverse relationship between a tool's cost and its usability. You might take a look at XMeTaL as a compromise, which I haven't used enough to say much about. In general, it doesn't do everything Epic does (I don't think it supports fragment documents, and doesn't have the full API that Epic does), but the tradeoff is a somewhat simpler tool to use and set up. The GUI is definitely more polished, supporting standard Windows thingies like drag and drop correctly. By contrast, Epic's GUI can be buggy and cantankerous (again, the high-end tool's indifference to usability). Them's my impressions, ______________ Denis Bradford Rational Software, 20 Maguire Road, Lexington, MA 02421 email@example.com (781)676-7560 -- Never step on another man's toes - they may be your own -- King Rinkitink -----Original Message----- From: klaas holwerda [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, August 20, 2001 5:12 PM To: email@example.com Subject: DOCBOOK-APPS: best tool for docbook? Hi, I always use a standard text editor (scintilla or nedit) with only XML tag highlighting. But this is not the solution for the Authors in my company, the step would be to big! They at least need some presentation of what they type in, and some guidance with the tags. Especially tables, pictures, list and such need to be handled in an easy manner. Introducing SGML/XML and DocBook is a revolution, so i better do it right, else they will refuce. So i tried FrameMaker Sgml and the docbook stuff coming with it. Not realy bad, but not so good either, and it is SGML, and it is for an old docbook dtd. So the question: -what is the best XML editor around that has some direct implementation for (XML) docbook with it. -the cost is not so important (anything we have to add our selfs will be more expensive in hours). -if there is not an XML editor around with a docbook understanding, still what is the best one to choose for that. -what are you people using (or better the authors in general). Any other suggestions on how to make Knowno's (Know Nothing) work with docbook, would be appreciated much. Klaas ---------------------------------------------------------------- To subscribe or unsubscribe from this elist use the subscription manager: <http://lists.oasis-open.org/ob/adm.pl>
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