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HTML authoring software for creating a FAQ

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I am looking for an application to help author a FAQ compilation (HTML).

Requrements:
- Should take care of section/subsection/question numbering.
- Should create a "table of contents" based on the numbering.
- Should allow easy internal (between questions) and external linking.
- Should allow creating the FAQ as a single HTML page or as several sections.
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- The end result should look good on all reasonably modern browsers.

Basically, I need an HTML authoring package that has very good support for nested numbering levels.

For this task, I will have access to Frontpage 2000, NetObjects Fusion 7 and Visual Studio.NET 2003.
If one of these packages fits the bill, great.

Otherwise, please suggest another option.
Freeware is preferred, low-cost shareware comes next followed by expensive shareware -- I like the "try before you buy" concept.

Thanks.
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> if the whole FAQ is going to be a single page
It has already become too large for a single page so I'd like to split it.

> you can use the free MS Office HTML filter to simplify the code.
Interesting idea, I'll look into it.

I prefer something that can handle single and multiple pages.
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"... too large for a single page so I'd like to split it...."

Word can handle that. Ordinarily, I'd shudder at the idea of using Word to create an HTML page, but Ken's right -- you can always clean it up later using either the filter or a simple text editor.

But look at EE's help page... it has a bunch of sections, all internally linked, and it started out as a bunch of separate pages. That's the nice thing about HTML pages -- if your TOC is good, then you don't really need to worry about how long the page is.

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> That's the nice thing about HTML pages -- if your TOC is good, then you don't really need to worry about how long the page is.

I disagree.  I find it easier to peruse such documents if they are split into more manageble pieces.

Take http://www.parashift.com/c++-faq-lite as an example. It is a very large FAQ but navigation is pretty easy.  Incidently, I emailed the author and he told me he uses a custom-tailored perl script to manage the FAQ which has borderline usability and is overdue for an update...
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Okay, then we'll agree to disagree.

I find having to go back and forth between multiple documents an annoyance. But it's really pretty much an academic question; either way, Ken's suggestion of using Word will work. You'll just have to clean up the HTML after you create it.

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> Ken's suggestion of using Word will work. You'll just have to clean up the HTML after you create it.

Not an optiman solution but if I don't get any better answers soon I'll accept it.

By the way, why are your comments marked as "administrative"?
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Because I wasn't paying attention... *wince*... PE privileges used for testing and I forget that I have them.
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