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FM --> HTML and Version Management: Summary and Thanks


Thanks for all the responses to my pleas for advice about
version-management applications and FM to HTML applications.  The responses
were too numerous and too detailed to summarise, but fortunately most
respondents also copied to the lists.  The short answers are:


Microsoft Visual SourceSafe is perfectly adequate for small document
filesets, but unfortunately it does not support the ODMA -- even though
Word 2000 does!  Hmmmm.  Canterbury and Documentum are very expensive, need
FM+SGML and a dedicated administrator, and are a lot of work to implement.
Their power and complexity defeats usability.


Webworks Publisher and mif2go were neck-and-neck as tools of choice.  I
have played with HTML Transit and it seems very good but the per seat costs
are prohibitive.  With our current foreign-exchange rate, the $US5000
translates to $AU10,000.  So it looks like mif2go and WWP need further

Hedley Finger
Technical Communications/Technical communicator and FrameMaker mentor
MYOB Australia <http://www.myob.com.au>
P.O. box 371   Blackburn VIC 3130   Australia
Tel. +61 3 9894 0945
Mob. +61 412 461 558

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