Key Concept Archive

Is Your DITA Output Ugly?

Traditionally, stylized DITA output has been clunky and code-editor driven. But it doesn’t have to be that way. See how one tool is taking features from other user experiences and bringing them in to a world that has been neglected. You can create styling libraries like you create content libraries….

Arbortext 102: Best Practices for Creating Arbortext Styler Stylesheets

Paperback. Learn the basics for creating APP-based, Arbortext Styler stylesheets from start to finish.  

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. When she opened the stylesheet in 7.0 M080, Styler crashed…

Fancy Formatting of XML Tables in PDF Output

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 3: Arbortext TC Dojo, Episode 12 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…

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…

Bringing Reusability to Your XML Stylesheets: Property Sets

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 3: Arbortext TC Dojo, Episode 9 We go to XML publishing for a lot of reasons. One of which is to achieve reusability of our information: Write it Once, Use it Anywhere. Often, beginning stylesheet developers will do a lot of repeated style coding to achieve…

Localizing your stylesheets – XLIFF in Arbortext Styler

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 3: Arbortext TC Dojo, Episode 8 One of the last things that gets localized is your stylesheet. Stylesheets have generated text and that generated text needs to be translated too. (After all it isn’t “Table of Contents” in Japanese.) In this session, we’ll show you how…

Advanced Modules – Managing DocBook and DITA

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 3: Arbortext TC Dojo, Episode 7 Do you have content in both DocBook and DITA? Are you worried that it has to be one or the other? Two doctypes means two stylesheets, right? It’s not as bad as you think! If you’ve been following the teachings…

Managing Side-By-Side Content

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 3: Arbortext TC Dojo, Episode 6 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…

Stylesheet Reuse Basics: Property Sets

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 3: Arbortext TC Dojo, Episode 5 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…