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Re: FM7 help a step backwards

Since Adobe took over FrameMaker, the only certainty about what to expect 
in each new release is that the documentation (both printed and on-line) 
will decay in a manner which mirrors radioactive decay. That is, the 
half-life of the documentation is equal to the interval between new 
releases. Apparently Adobe regards this behavior as an inevitable and 
unavoidable natural phenomenon which reflects the corresponding rate of 
entropy in its tech pubs department..
At 09:38 AM 7/31/03 +1000, hedley_finger@myob.com.au wrote:

>Has anybody commented on the current (FrameMaker 7) help?  I'm not
>commenting on the content but the navigation tools. In FrameMaker 6 we had
>good old reliable WinHelp4, with expanding contents, progressively matching
>index, and boolean search.
>Now we have a primitive and much slower assortment of contents/index/site
>map pages in a frame, not expanding contents, no progressive matching on
>the index, and a search engine of doubtful efficacy.  I know Adobe probably
>thought it was too embarrassing to have a partnership with WebWorks
>Publisher but continue to use WinHelp, but really! WWP offers both
>JavaScript and Java help formats that provide similar functionality.
>I have Opera set as my default browser and at first thought that the help
>layout was some kind of Plan B in case JavaScript or Java didn't work, but
>retesting with Netscape 6.22, Mozilla 4.7, and Internet Explorer 6 failed
>to reveal any hidden 'proper' help.
>[Windows XP Pro, FrameMaker 7.0p578, FrameScript 2.1r3, Enhance 2.04,
>Acrobat 5.05, mif2go 33u34, WebWorks Publisher 7.05, IXgen 7.2p055, HTML
>Help Workshop 4.74 build 8702.0, HTML Help 1.31]
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