Arbortext Formatter Shootout

Learn how the capabilities of Advanced Print Publisher compare with those of the FOSI and XSL/FO engines.

Join APP Man, his evil FOe, and the FOSI Bear for a lively session on the various Arbortext formatting technologies. You’ll learn how the capabilities of Advanced Print Publisher compare with those of the FOSI and XSL/FO engines. And don’t forget to bring your toughest document formatting questions to the experts!

This session will feature a panel consisting of experts in each of the three major technologies supported by the Arbortext family of documentation formatting systems:

  • Advanced Print Publisher (APP, formerly known as 3B2)
  • Arbortext Styler
  • Formatting Output Specification Instance (FOSI)
  • Extensible Stylesheet Language – Formatting Objects (XSL-FO)

The session will open with a brief overview of the capabilities and pros/cons of each formatting technology by the respective experts. This will be followed by the panel answering audience questions on formatter capabilities and techniques, as well as difficult formatting problems and how the various technologies might address them.

This session will be moderated by Eric Flynn and the panelists included:

  • Gareth Oakes, GPSL  (APP)
  • Suzanne Napoleon, FOSI Expert, (FOSI)
  • Zarella Rendon, PTC (Styler)
  • Clay Helberg, TerraXML (FO)
  • Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions (FO)

Presented at:  PTC/User World Event 2010

The Path to Style: XPath in Styler, FOSI and XSL

Discover how to use XPath whether you’re styling your documents with Arbortext Styler, FOSI, or XSLT/XSL-FO

XPath is a powerful and intuitive way to retrieve information from, or apply style to, your document. In this session, you’ll discover how to use XPath whether you’re styling your documents with Arbortext Styler, FOSI, or XSLT/XSL-FO. Also presented will be the basics of writing XPath expressions, including examples of common use cases.

Attendees in this session will get an overview of how the XPath language can be used in Arbortext Styler, FOSIs for Arbortext Publishing Engine and/or XSLT transforms for Publishing Engine or other document processing tasks. This overview will provide the context needed to understand how the information presented in the session can be used in day-to-day work.

The second part of the session will provide an introduction to writing XPath expressions. Topics will include:

  • The data model used to navigate a document with XPath,
  • The data types supported by the language and conversions between them,
  • Syntax of path, numeric and string expressions and
  • Tips and tricks for common tasks and pitfalls to avoid.

Examples will be provided to demonstrate the concepts using the Arbortext tools discussed in the first part of the session.

Presented by: Liz Fraley, filling in for Brandon Ibach, Single-Sourcing Solutions, Inc.

Presented at: PTC/User World Event 2010

The slides are available on the Members website.

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