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November 25, 2005

Using XPath in a FOSI stylesheet with Arbortext

Filed under: Software — cangione @ 12:16 pm

Example syntax:

<savetext conrule="!,#XPATHCONTENT(ancestor::Class/Title)#XPATH,!"

Additional Information:
In the installation tree of Arbortext you should see a directory called
tutorials. Inside of there is a sub-directory called 28001C. Inside of
that sub-directory is an SGML file called “28001C.sgm”. This file is the
main definition of the FOSI standard which is sometimes also referred
to as the outspec. The file has notes indicating what parts of the
standard are supported, what parts are not supported, and Arbortext
extensions to the standard. Open this file and search for the string
XPath for more information.


TeX in a FOSI to rotate text for print/PDF

Filed under: Software — cangione @ 11:55 am
According to the documentation, Arbortext doesn’t support the rotate attribute on entry in a table.
You can use the following TeX in a FOSI to rotate text for print/PDF:
usetext source="%\hbox{\special{pub: rotate 45}%,12pt,\YOUR TEXT HERE\,%}%"

November 2, 2005

The Content Wrangler

Filed under: XML — shiftsport @ 11:17 am

Looking for information about Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA)?

If so, look no further! The Content Wrangler has rustled up the latest DITA news for you. DITA is a hot topic in technical communication circles and it’s making headlines in the content management arena as well. Check out the interview with Puny Sen, Project Lead, Instructional Communications, Adobe Systems. Sen is candid, sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly about the software giant’s foray into the world of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA).

If you’re a DocBook user, you may want to read the analysis from Norm Walsh, who attempts to tweak DocBook to address the four strengths he sees in DITA. Peter Meyer and Andrew Squire also compare DITA to DocBook and other standards.

Content Management Professionals recently announced the formation of a DITA Community.

Bill Trippe briefly examined DITA in a recent issue of Intelligent Enterprise magazine and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) has launched a new line of DITA-logo clothing and accessories.

Don’t forget to sign up for the DITA 2006 Conference, sponsored by OASIS and brought to you by Bright Path Solutions, IBM and a host of content management and authoring tool vendors offering support for DITA.

Until next time… Jeff Deskins
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