I suspect that you could write your own "limited function TM/38" viewer
with minimal effort, and borrow the time on someone's system to use TM/38
for reformatting the document once.  Many shops have one copy of the
System/38 utilities available.


Al Barsa, Jr.
Barsa Consulting Group, LLC


914-251-9406 fax


                    Jeff Crosby
                    <jlcrosby@dilgardfo       To:     midrange-l@midrange.com
                    ods.com>                  cc:
                    Sent by:                  Subject:     Re: Officevision 
Help Documents

                    12/18/01 10:18 AM
                    Please respond to

barsa@barsaconsulting.com wrote:

> My knowledge of OV is too limited to understand how these documents
> from normal documents.  We did help a few clients migrate OV/400 help
> documents from OV to Text Management/38, which continues to be supported.
> IBM suggested that they move to Notes, which IMHO was the wrong
> recommendation.  They had a green screen application which they needed
> for, and OV was recommended by IBM as the solution in '88.

You have a source document that's a 'normal' Officevision document in
RFT (Revisable Form Text) format.  This document has special help tags
in it.  You wave a magic wand over this RFT document and create an FFT
(Final Form Text) document that is not revisable.  The application
refers to this FFT document for help.  This is my sum total knowledge of
it.  <g>

Text Management/38 is not an option due to the expense and I only have 2
documents.  I dabbled in UIM briefly once and was not impressed.  But if
there was a utility (like in iSeries News or Midrange Computing or
elsewhere) that did this conversion, I could live with it.

> While I'm on the topic, I don't take every recommendation from IBM as
> gospel truth.

Gasp!  It's Armageddon!  <vvbg>


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