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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 umbrella which…

Arbortext 101

In the first Arbortext Monster Garage book and first ever commercially-available book about Arbortext, Arbortext 101: Best Practices for Configuring, Authoring, Styling, and Publishing with Arbortext, you’ll find advice from a long-time Arbortext user, developer, and well-known community member. Arbortext is very widely used by content creators to generate high-quality,…

Arbortext 102

In the second Arbortext Monster Garage book and first ever commercially-available book about Arbortext stylesheets, Arbortext 102: Arbortext 102: Best Practices for Creating Arbortext Styler Stylesheets, you’ll learn that the best part of the Arbortext product suite is that anyone can create complicated style for their publications without having to be…

A Simple Guide to DITA Keys

Are you interested or perhaps already using DITA but find the concept of keys to be mystifying? Or are you afraid that maybe you could get better reuse out of your content if you were able to optimize your key-based content? In this presentation by IXIASOFT DITA Evangelist Keith Schengili-Roberts…

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…

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…

Who Are You? (I Really Wanna Know)

“Who is the audience for this project?” runs the risk of a smarty-pants response (“the user”). For a smart answer, take time to define and understand who is reading and using the information you develop. In this TC Dojo session, we’ll talk about audience analysis: what it is, ways to…

Want to see what kind of software docs engineers celebrate?

I see posts on LinkedIn all the time about training in writing API docs or how best to document software systems. Here in Silicon Valley, it’s the hottest sub-discipline in techcomm. In fact, API docs are so popular, they have an API Docs training class on the day before TC Camp in…

Working with DITA Maps in Arbortext

In Arbortext 7.0, creating, editing, and manipulating DITA maps is easy to do! In this TC Dojo: Arbortext Edition, we cover the basics for creating, managing, and using maps in Arbortext Editor. We show you how to insert all kinds of DITA content: Topics, Concepts, References, Tasks, other maps and…

Stylesheet Reuse Basics: Property Sets

One of the most powerful mechanisms available to you as a stylesheet developer is the creation and use of property sets. Property sets help you abstract formatting needs into reusable components. Want consistent level 1 headers? Create a property set that you can use every time your stylesheet encounters a…