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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Bringing Reusability to Your XML Stylesheets

We go to XML publishing for a lot of reasons. One of which is to achieve reusability of our information: Write it Once, Use it Anywhere. Often, beginning stylesheet developers will do a lot of repeated style coding to achieve desired output results.

Style duplication, like information duplication, makes stylesheets difficult to maintain. Styler makes it easy to avoid this costly maintenance mistake by adding property sets and user formatting elements to your styling toolbox.

In this session, we’ll talk about how to use property sets to make your styling more uniform and easy to maintain.
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