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Arbortext for Authoring

Arbortext for Authors is a a guidebook to help both veteran writers, who only need to learn a new tool, and writers who are new to the field of technical authoring. Both need the same thing: an effective way to learn Arbortext Editor.

Although she expects readers to follow along, workbook-style, it is not limited to those readers. It's filled with pictures and straight-forward instructions, demonstrating Arbortext's capabilities and the key features that explain it's long-term success.

Janice Summers’ gentle style is based on her decades of mentoring, coaching, and training new Arbortext users. Designed to give readers hands-on experience right away and raise confidence levels, her success at taking users who have only ever had experience with Word into a brand new XML authoring world stands out clearly.

Second Edition, updated for 8.1 now available!

What you will learn

Walk through the basics of XML authoring and why it's not like Word or other desktop publishing tools.

By the end you will know how to author in DITA so you can take on any job or project you have your sights set on. And you can do it successfully!

  • The basics of XML
  • Creating documents in Arbortext
  • Tables, figures, and cross references
  • DITA in 30 seconds
  • Where to go for help

While this book cannot replace real training, she wrote it specifically to help authors learn the basics and reach a place of confidence.

Have questions?

Get help from Janice!

Talk over your questions and stumbling blocks whenever you need help. You can book an appointment at your convenience to get help any time you want it.

With this one-on-one appointment, you can get specific answers to questions that apply to you and your situation.

About the author

Janice Summers, Single-Sourcing Solutions, specializes in helping people who’ve only ever used unstructured desktop publishing applications learn structured authoring. She’s been successfully transitioning Word users to XML authoring for the last 15 years.

This book comes from her deep experience of decades of mentoring, coaching, and training new Arbortext users. Her gentle patience has users who have only ever used Word excited to move into XML authoring and publishing. 

Although we are no longer a partner, we were one of the few PTC Authorized Training partners who specialized in Arbortext for nearly 20 years, including at the time this book was written.

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