What does Framemaker do?
Posted Aug 27, 2004 12:47 UTC (Fri) by forthy
In reply to: What does Framemaker do?
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I don't agree. I've worked with Framemaker (maintaining a document when
the original writer was in hollidays), and things are not as easy as it
looks. I only wanted something that seems to be simple: add a table of
contents to the document. LaTeX: \tableofcontents, done. Framemaker: Find
out where to edit (or rather add) the table of contents style in the
hidden style frames, edit that, and then add the table of contents. Took
me a day or two, and still looked ugly. The reason was probably that the
author started with an incomplete template, because a document template
should contain a TOC style, anyway.
Just because it is WYSIWYG, it is not easy, if there is no
straight-forward way to do it (the way LaTeX does it is straightforward,
and the GUI frontend (LyX) makes inserting a nicely formatted TOC a matter
of two or three clicks).
Tailoring the TOC style to your needs is more elaborated in LaTeX than in
Framemaker (i.e. it takes more to know about, but the result looks so much
better in any case that it's comparing apples and oranges).
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