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Richard,
Thankyou for the generous offer to share your experiences. Creating a
Framemaker EED file appears to be something of black art. I printed out the
documenation (500+ pages!!) and am little the wiser.
Thanks

At 08:39 AM 4/29/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Manuscripts and Archives at Yale is currently working with a consultant on
>investigating FrameMaker, first as a tool for producing quality printed
>output from EAD-encoded files, and secondly as a possible data entry
>front-end.  Our results to date have been encouraging on the first front,
>enough so to push ahead on the assumption that we will be successful in
>implementing a finding aid printing operation from EAD files in the next
>few months.  The second investigation is much less promising.  After a
>brief investigation, it appears that we would need to purchase the
>FrameMaker developer kit to implement an effective WYSIWYG data entry front
>end with this product.  We have decided to put this part of the project on
>the back burner for the moment since there are a number of other effective
>options for producing EAD encoded finding aids through either direct
>SGML-aware applications or through conversion scripts and macros run
>against data entered into templates.
>
>FYI, FrameMaker is not cheap.  Our license for the basic package (with
>educational discount) was $786.  Nor is it easy to pop out of the box and
>set up - at least it wasn't for us.  Our consultant, with a bit of help
>from Adobe, was finally able to create an EDD file (FrameMaker's equivalent
>of the dtd), something which had stumped us despite our best efforts to
>decipher the documentation.
>
>As we get farther along, we would be happy to share our experiences with
>anyone else thinking about generating print output directly from EAD
>instances.

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Chris Blackall
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