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Common Questions Archives

We get questions from customers and prospective customers who are at all points of the spectrum. There’s a lot of confusion out there as to what Arbortext is and what each of the individual pieces are.

In this series, each article is formed from a set of questions, all more or less around the same topic. The questions and answers have been grouped to provide insight into the Arbortext solution.

Is Arbortext DITA Pure DITA? YES!

  Is Arbortext pure DITA?  Yes. Arbortext is pure DITA, pure XML. We are always surprised when we get this question because: Arbortext was the software IBM was using when they developed DITA. Arbortext is part of DITA history The first mention of public DITA support for Arbortext dates back to…

Top 5 Arbortext Resources

#1: Arbortext 101 Get the book: Arbortext 101: Best Practices for Configuring, Authoring, Styling, and Publishing with Arbortext This book gives you everything you need to establish a good foundation with your Arbortext environment. It’s short and to the point. This is the first book under the Arbortext Monster Garage…

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 this mailing list quickly became the go-to resource for Arbortext customers. Where…

How to find the best content management system (or any other tool)

b Post Summary In this article, I hope I can convince you to gather requirements before you buy. It’s the only way to guarantee that you find the best content management system for you. Not for someone else. FOR YOU. Whenever you’re looking to buy more than a simple retail…

How to Document your Stylesheets

by Karie You’re working on a big project or a book using DITA, but your boss asks you to change the style of the font at the last minute. This was something you had set months prior and you don’t remember how you did it or how to change it…

How do authors find content for reuse?

Your customers can find content, but can your content creation team? DITA content explodes. How do you manage it? A lot of customers have been asking us recently about how they’re going to manage content that explodes into lots and lots of little topics and content fragments. Authors wonder if…