Why database publishing? Traditionally, databases have been used to manage vast amounts of data when quick access and flexible selection and sorting are crucial. Since a database’s primary mission is to store rapidly changing data, report generation tools have often stressed speed of report development over the presentation of information. Why spend time preparing a polished report when the underlying data will change by the time the report is finished? Publishing systems, on the other hand, typically focus on more stable information such as user documentation, manuals and instructions. As a result, most publishing systems offer tools to effectively communicate fixed information rather than tools that dynamically accommodate changing data. FrameMaker Technology has moved to the point where compromising between a database’s need for speed, and a publishing system’s emphasis on quality of output, is no longer acceptable. The technique known as database publishing bridges the gap between speed of report generation and documentation quality
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