Key Concept Archive

XSLT & XSL-FO Mentoring

Sometimes just having someone else look over your code, listen to you talk through a problem, or identify another solution, is all you need.  

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…

XPath and XSLT for Everyone

Anyone working with XML content can benefit from learning XPath. XPath is the way that elements are identified and located inside an XML Document. Want to find the first title in your document? Or the fifth? Or the 2nd one that also has those 3 special notes following it? Stylesheets…

Podcast Posted: Interview with Bob Thomas, Tagsmiths

This month’s interview on the PubWright podcast is Bob Thomas, from Tagsmiths. Bob started in SGML/XML in the mid-to-early 90s at Lucent. He transformed from a technical writer to data modeler, DTD writer, legacy data conversion specialist, and stylesheet developer. He discusses with us a bit of his history, gives some…

Arbortext Formatter Shootout

Join APP Man, his evil FOe, and the FOSI Bear for a lively session on the various Arbortext formatting technologies. You’ll learn how the capabilities of Advanced Print Publisher compare with those of the FOSI and XSL/FO engines. And don’t forget to bring your toughest document formatting questions to the…

The Path to Style: XPath in Styler, FOSI, and XSL

XPath is a powerful and intuitive way to retrieve information from, or apply style to, your document. In this session, you’ll discover how to use XPath whether you’re styling your documents with Arbortext Styler, FOSI, or XSLT/XSL-FO, the basics of writing XPath expressions, including examples of common use cases, and…

Custom Conversions: Using XSLT in Arbortext Editor

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 2, Episode 10 In this 30 minute, recorded web session, Jack Kulas explains how to take advantage of XSL processing inside Arbortext. Doing interesting things with automatic index generation, Jack shows the XSL-based tools that the authoring team at LSI is using to improve their customer…

aQuery: Using jQuery in Arbortext

Arbortext Monster Garage, Season 2, Episode 3 In this 30-minute, recorded web session, James Sulak talks about aQuery – an open source jQuery implementation inside Arbortext. About this session Skill Level: Intermediate Presenter: James Sulak, Jones McClure Publishing Watch the Video Recorded: February 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkQDxjCyaCo

Podcast Posted: Interview with Keith McGinnis, Review Publishing

This week’s podcast is an interview with Keith McGinnis. About a year ago, I did some stylesheet work for Keith McGinnis at Review Publishing. Review Publishing produces a weekly free newspaper and online news media portal. They were on their way to supporting all five of their local weekly papers…

Ken Holman in Northern CA

Update 2017 Ken’s class, “Practical Transformation Using XSLT and XPath,” is now on Udemy and the entire course is available for less than $50. I’ve been a fan of his and part of his overflow network for a very long time. We believe XSLT and XPath are for everyone. If…