Preparing Legacy Help Projects for Responsive Design

Do you have legacy help projects whose content is still valid and that you’d like to make responsive? The latest releases of popular help authoring tools make it easy to make legacy projects responsive with just a few mouse clicks. Unfortunately, legacy projects were often designed and created in ways that break responsive design. For example, many legacy projects use “hidden” tables to lay out images, an approach that was wrong but worked, until responsive design came along. What do you need to do to fix those problems?

In this practical session, we’ll look at:

  • The concept of the “un-desktop” and its effect on design.
  • A quick review of the technical concepts of responsive design.
  • The need to eliminate local formatting in favor of styles and a CSS and how to do so.
  • The use of often unfamiliar CSS features – relative sizing for fonts and images and the use of the img float property to create fluid layout grids – and new features in CSS3 – media queries and breakpoint designation.
  • Effect of scaling on images, deciding when to include or exclude images, and the effect of excluding images on text that reference those images.
  • Effect of scaling on image maps.
  • Automating wording customization – from “click” to “tap” automatically.
  • And more.

At the end of this session, you’ll know how to deal with the most common responsive design problems in legacy help projects. And many of the solutions will improve the coding of your projects even if you never make those projects responsive.

Visiting Dojo Master

Neil PerlinNeil Perlin is an internationally-known consultant specializing in helping companies use their information efficiently, effectively, and correctly in all kinds of outputs using a wide range of tools.

Learn more about Neil:

  • http://www.slideshare.net/NeilPerlin
  • http://hyperword.blogspot.com/

Watch the Videos

This session was split into two parts.

Watch Part 1 – 16 Nov 2015

Watch Part 2 – 15 Dec 2015

Conquering the Mountain of Legacy Data

So you are finally planning that big move over to structured content. Great! You understand the benefits of reuse and what it means for your business.

But what do you do about the mountains of legacy content? Pack it all up and bring it with you? Leave it behind hoping you will never need to look at it again? Work in two worlds of structured (for the new content) and unstructured (for the old data) authoring? Continue reading “Conquering the Mountain of Legacy Data”

Arbortext User-to-User Panel

This was a round-table, panel discussion moderated by Liz Fraley on subjects ranging from Legacy Data Conversion to the best way to format web and page layout

We covered questions of all types from users on subjects ranging from Legacy Data Conversion to the best way to format web and page layout. All but one of the panelists are regular contributors to the Adepters Mailing list and several contribute to the Adepters Code Archive, long time resources for anyone needing information about, using, working with, developing for, Arbortext products.

This was a round-table, panel discussion moderated by Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions. The panelists included:

  • Paul Nagai, Nagai Resources
  • Clay Helberg, TerraXML
  • Suzanne Napoleon, FOSI Expert
  • Richard Steadman, Newbook Production
  • James Sulak, Jones McClure Publishing

Presented at: PTC/User World Event 2010