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On Tuesday 18 February 2003 02:14 pm, David Megginson wrote:
> Gavin Thomas Nicol writes:
> > This is part of it, but conversion tools from Word/Frame/etc. have
> > existed for a fairly long time... as have forms-based authoring
> > solutions.
> The former have not been all that successful anywhere I've seen them
> used, despite the fact that I used to work at a company that made one
> of them.
Our experience differs then... but maybe more in degree of success. I've had a
fair amount of success with such tools, but to me, success is mostly defined
in terms of reduction of effort, not perfection :-) FWIW. We ship one such
tool as part of our CMS.
> I did see one non-profit project succeed in using the built-in SGML
> support in WordPerfect for a large authoring team, but that was as
> close as I've seen anyone come.
I've seen a lot of people use Frame+SGML, and Interleaf, some folk with
WP+SGML and I've seen people deploy Word-based systems with style consistency
In every single case, the most important things was being able to gracefully
handle the exceptions, because there are *always* exceptions!