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Arbortext, XML, and Spacing

This week’s topic: Spaces, pretty printing, and XMLWe occasionally get comments or questions that fall along this line:Your XML is very difficult to read (no pretty indenting)Your file has spaces (white space characters)Your XML has line returns that is show…

Top Authors and Books from My 2020 Reading Challenge

The last several years, I've written up my reading list. Last year, with the pandemic on, you'd think I'd have read more than in other years but I didn't. I read less than I have in the last 4. Like…

How much does Arbortext cost?

by Dave There's a lot of confusion, bad information, old information about Arbortext floating around out there. There's an assumption that Arbortext is only for the Fortune 100 and that it's completely out of reach for small to medium businesses….

Liz Fraley and Janice Summers on Meaningful Content Mixer

Hosts Sara Feldman and Bonnie Chase invited Liz & Janice to join them on their podcast, Meaningful Content Mixer.In their 6th episode of Season 1, we joined them to talk about structured authoring, why we created Room 42, a virtual…

Java support in Arbortext as of January 1, 2019

In October of 2018, PTC announced that:Starting in January 2019, customers of these products will now need to obtain and install Java as a prerequisite for installing or re-installing their PTC products. As before, customers of these products will need…

Problems upgrading your Arbortext Styler stylesheets from 6.1 to 7.0?

Quite by accident, we noticed that some stylesheets can have issues when upgrading to 7.0 from 6.1. A day or so ago, Liz was working with some stylesheets that hadn't been touched since mid 2016 when she published her books….

Teaching Martians to make a sandwich–How Technical Writers can improve patient safety

There's a well-known exercise to experienced technical writers: How do you teach a Martian to make a sandwich. It's so well known that we talk about it as an exercise in best practices for user experience and modern instructional design….

Adepters – What is it and how do I find it?

Are you an Arbortext user? Have you heard the word Adepters and wonder what it means? Adepters is the name of the original Arbortext user mailing list which was launched in 1996. At that time there the web was still new, so…