Structured Authoring for Beginners

Are you new to structured authoring and topic-based writing? Are you more comfortable with unstructured desktop publishing applications and apprehensive about moving to XML or some other structured authoring environment?

This workshop is for you if you want to know the how, why, and what it is about structured authoring that has other companies pursuing something like DITA, even if, right now, you don’t have to do it yourself.

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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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Arbortext Editor for Authoring: So Easy A Child Can Do It

One of the hardest things for technical communicators moving into an XML authoring environment is that you’re learning two things at once: A new UI and a new technology. In this session, we’re going to take a step back and walk through the Editor UI. There are a lot of features right at your fingertips that make it easy to get started. We’ll show them to you and give you a chance to see Arbortext Editor in a neutral context.

  • When: 30 January 2014
  • Audience: All levels
  • Cost: Free

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