FrameMaker has an advantage over most HATs. Each .FM file has three pages each of which is used for a specific version.
- Body page where most of your content is produced.
- Master page where your page layout, headers, footers, etc. are setup.
- Reference page where frequently used content (e.g. graphics, tables, text, etc.) is stored.
The reference page is arguably one of the most underused and undervalued FrameMaker features. Yet if it is so useful, why hasn’t RoboHelp got the same functionality? Well with a bit of thought, it can……….almost!
In a perfect world, spelling would be easy. There would be no “k” in knife or “b” in doubt”. If only teaching children never resulted in frowns and awkward questions. So as language evolves, for a limited time only, I am giving you the option to tell me which:
- Letter of your alphabet would you abolish.
- Spelling rule would you change.
Maybe you even have a new letter to add to the alphabet. Just give me a reason for your change. Over to you.
We are currently looking at changing our documentation reviews. Our review process is more rigid than most places I’ve worked, largely because of our need for a cast iron audit trail. We are ISO 9001 audited. We must prove to an auditor that any suggested change or comment by a reviewer is recorded and acted upon. We store all our reviewed documents in Microsoft SharePoint, using the inbuilt workflows to generate tasks for individuals to solicit feedback.
“Everyone is an expert on English Grammar. We’d all get a PhD in it if we studied it.” If that quote sounds like your experience, how about this one? “A three year old child who speaks English is a grammatical genius.” To really make your blood boil how about, “If you are sober, you won’t make a mistake in English grammar.” Whoa! Hold on there. That was my initial reaction anyway. Then I listened to the reasoned argument put forward by the man who uttered those quotes on a recent radio programme, Journalist and grammar book Author Harry Ritchie.