I’m so glad to see the Blogger people have their new server since I haven’t been able to post for a whole week!
Well for the legion of fans who flock to this newborn blog every five minutes, I hereby announce that the links at the top of the page now work. Mind you, they don’t go anywhere, but that’s tomorrow’s problem. In the meantime I still haven’t figured out how the archive thing works. Hmmm… Maybe I oughta toss up some kind of biographical info. Unfortunately, that would require knowing who I am. Well, I suppose I could fake it, or just make something up, since that’s basically what I’ve been doing all my life. :-O
"You shall have the biggest and most vulgar ring in all of Atlanta." Rhett Butler to Scarlet O’hara, responding to her desire for "a great big one" when asked what kind of wedding ring she’d like.
I like to strut about, crowing "don’tcha just love the 21st century?" whenever some technological gizmo enables us to do some silly thing that wasn’t possible just a few years ago. Cell phones and digital cameras are likely to provoke such an outburst.
So here I sit, converting a long tech manual from MS Word to Adobe FrameMaker. Without getting into the long story of it, Word is a flaky work processor which poses badly as a publishing platform. FrameMaker (which is kinda like PageMaker’s big brother) is a document layout and publishing application that is also sort of a word processor but is impractical for short knock-off documents.
Now, like I said, Word likes to think it can fit the bill in a professional publishing environment. So not! I just witnessed one small example of the funadmental lameness of Word, which is this: Chapter 5 of the manual starts on page 97. Or does it? If I want to print a page and I select a different printer here at the office, it does some kind of dipsy-doodle and suddently Chapter 5 starts on page 103! The page numbering changes when you select a different printer driver! Think of the implications–TOC, cross references, index, etc. Yikes!
Hello! How can you put your product forward as a serious publishing app when something as fundamental as page numbering is as flaky and unstable as this? I mean really! Sheesh!