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Same mess, different tools – Liz Fraley on the Content Content Podcast

b Post Summary In her interview, Liz Fraley talks in detail about the history of structured authoring and how her opinions have changed over 17 years in the technical writing industry. Last month I had the opportunity to talk with Ed Marsh of the Content Content podcast. I’ve known Ed…

Advance Your Career Through Self-Publishing

Writing a book gives you an opportunity to provide tangible value. It can establish your brand and increase your professional standing. Information professionals are uniquely positioned to take advantage of self-publishing because we already know how to transform source material to online and print materials and because we have editors,…

Publish High-Quality, Print-Ready DITA in less than a day

Summary: Everyone says, “Publishing DITA is Hard!” But the truth is you can publish DITA content for ePub and Print output with very little work. The promise that vendors (like us) have been giving for 20 years is real today. I published Arbortext 101 in less than one day for less than…

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…

Fit the most information in the least amount of space

Writing instructions for products you can hold in your hand isn’t the same as writing for the software industry. In many cases, you’re creating paper documents to fit in small boxes, so page layouts matter. This session addresses the unique needs of writers in the manufacturing industry, but these tips…

Managing Side-By-Side Content

In this session, we talk about the Side-By-Side panel in Styler. We talk about what it means, how best to use it, and how to make it work for you. We show you how to make it look like you’ve got a graphic embedded in a paragraph, with text spilling…

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…

Styling Headers and Footers in Arbortext Styler

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…

Creating Cool Covers in Arbortext Styler

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 3, Episode 3 Everyone wants a great cover on their documents. Creating cool covers and nice-looking title pages don’t need to be done in another tool, you can do that right in Styler! In this session, we’ll show you how to break down a page and…

Create a Page Set in 30 Minutes or Less Using Arbortext Styler

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 3, Episode 2 Learn how to build your basic customized page layout set in 30 minutes or less using Arbortext Styler. In addition, you will learn what kinds of pages are in page sets and how to determine how many page sets you will need for…