Working with DITA Maps in Arbortext

In Arbortext 7.0, creating, editing, and manipulating DITA maps is easy to do!  In this TC Dojo: Arbortext Edition, we cover the basics for creating, managing, and using maps in Arbortext Editor.

We show you how to insert all kinds of DITA content: Topics, Concepts, References, Tasks, other maps and more! We explain the Resource Manager, several ways to create new topics and manage or insert existing topics. If there’s time, we will discuss how you can create your own templates to create stub documents that get you started quickly creating standard information structures.

By the end, you’ll be a pro at working with DITA maps in Arbortext.

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Fancy Formatting of XML Tables in PDF Output

In this session, we’re going to talk about tables. Want to change the table from a simple block of tabulated data into something pretty and easy to scan? Want alternating colored rows? Want a fancy border around the table?

With Arbortext Styler, you have access to the APP Engine for publishing, so you can do all of this and more! Whatever you can dream up to change the look and feel of tables, you can do it in Styler. In this session, we will show you how to get started.

Key Points

  • Remember different tables are formatted according to different element rules
    • Just because it looks like a table doesn’t mean it’s a table. A table is not a properties, is not a dl.
  • Using properties in the OOTB stylesheet and modules in the samples directory
  • Doing tricky things like alternating row colors

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DITA Keys and Conkeys

In this webinar, we tackle the DITA feature keyrefs and conkeyrefs. The keyref and conkeyref mechanisms allow you to easily switch variable content.

We will show how keys and key references are referenced by DITA maps; how processing is evaluated; how to combine keys with maps for easier manageability; and how to use conkey references instead of conref to simplify reuse and manage your content.

After that, we will talk about how keys and conkeys work, how they are resolved in the processing pipeline and how levels of map can help manage variable content.

Examples will be used to demonstrate how everything works using Arbortext.

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