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+ - Writing documentation and user guides

Submitted by Alistair
Alistair writes: What editors do people personally find most usable for writing manuals and user guides? Both in terms of speed to work in, and in terms of creating nicely structured documents that are neatly formatted. Do you just use a normal word processor such as OO or word? Or do you use more structured editors such as XMLmind or Framemaker?

I'm keen to hear people's experiences and opinions about what works best for them when it comes to producing neat user guides in the minimum of time that they can update easily, embed/link images, reshuffle content, generate tables of contents and page links etc and export to PDF and HTML. Is it really worth paying the extra for something like Framemaker? Like most people I don't have much time to write documentation in, so I'd like to make it as productive as possible.

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