single-sourcing

This forum is for all Flare related Tips and Tricks.
Have a tip or trick you use while working in Flare? Share it here.

single-sourcing

Postby twmarcb on Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:20 pm

I create Word documents that are coverted to PDF's for distribution. As a part of our single-sourcing effort, these documents are ported into a Help generation system that allows me to designate certain styles as dropdowns (and the text that follows is contained in the drop-down until it meets another drop-down style or the topic ends).

I would like to do something similar in Flare, is this possible?
twmarcb
Propeller Head
 
Posts: 19
Joined: Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:05 am

Kind of

Postby Dave Lee on Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:44 pm

rather than produce word documents that are converted to help, you could write the content in Flare and output it to both help and Word (for PDF) formats.
Dave Lee
Master Propellus Maximus
 
Posts: 5798
Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:33 am
Location: UK

Postby LTinker68 on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:00 pm

I agree with Dave's suggestion. If you have Word 2007, then you can create a PDF directly from within Flare. If you have Word 2003, then you'll have to output from Flare as a Word file and then convert the Word file to a PDF. You can also generate WebHelp or HTML Help from the same source files.
Image

Lisa
Eagles may soar, but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines.
Warning! Loose nut behind the keyboard.
LTinker68
Master Propellus Maximus
 
Posts: 7245
Joined: Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:38 pm

Single Source XML-FO >PDF and HTMLHelp

Postby andyr on Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:15 am

I can confirm that this approach works.

Our preference was for more control so we have gone down the XML-FO route (not requiring Word at all) with Flare managing contents and order of topics.

From Flare we produce HTMLHelp. PDF Help manuals and Training manuals.

This takes some investment (and investigation) to setup, but the dividends are obvious within a few releases.
Andy R
andyr
Jr. Propeller Head
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:41 am
Location: Exeter, Devon, UK

Postby twmarcb on Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:02 pm

that would be a good solution if I was a lone writer, but I have several independent contractors that provide me with the finished guide in Word format and I don't have the luxury of re-writing their doc in Flare. I'm currently looking at automated scripts to allow me to single source the content the way I need it.
twmarcb
Propeller Head
 
Posts: 19
Joined: Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:05 am

Postby andyr on Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:34 am

Ah. Yes, sounds like more of a tricky scenario, work-flow wise.
Andy R
andyr
Jr. Propeller Head
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:41 am
Location: Exeter, Devon, UK

Ok

Postby Dave Lee on Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:32 am

If the raw content must be produced using Word, then it limits things a bit more.

Back to your initial question, I'm not aware that Flare can convert particular styles in a Word document to drop-downs, as your existing system can.
Dave Lee
Master Propellus Maximus
 
Posts: 5798
Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:33 am
Location: UK

Re: Single Source XML-FO >PDF and HTMLHelp

Postby forfear on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:03 am

andyr wrote:
Our preference was for more control so we have gone down the XML-FO route (not requiring Word at all) with Flare managing contents and order of topics.

From Flare we produce ....


Just curious, what is this XML-FO route? Is Flare used as a tool to manage contents but not author them? is another tool used for 'XML-FO' ?
If you submit your bug feedback request here, the more likely it'll get fixed or included in a future release
Open Utilities PageLayout Resizer for Flare/Blaze | Batch builder
forfear
Propellus Maximus
 
Posts: 766
Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:37 am
Location: Jungle Jingles


Return to Tips and Tricks

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests