Adding a DOCTYPE declaration on XSL output

Simon Bate / Tools3 Comments

In a posting a few weeks ago I discussed how to ignore the DOCTYPE declaration when processing XML through XSL. What I left unaddressed was how to add the DOCTYPE declaration back to the files. Several people have told me they’re tired of waiting for the other shoe to drop, so here’s how to add a DOCTYPE declaration.

WMF…that’ll shut ’em up

Sarah O'Keefe / ToolsLeave a Comment

Which graphics formats should you use in your documentation? For print, the traditional advice is EPS for line drawings and TIFF for screen captures and photographs. That’s still good advice. These days, you might choose PDF and PNG for the same purposes. There are caveats … Read More

How to trim your Twitter feed

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by Sheila Loring Receive too many Twitter’s throughout the day? You might not want to receive every @reply I send to my followers, so weed them out by doing this: Go to @replies to read “Show me @replies to the people I am following.” … Read More

Hexadecimal and unicode converter

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by Sheila Loring I found a cool utility on the web for converting characters to hexadecimal to unicode characters (UTF-8 and UTF-16). Go to and type the character in the Characters box. Click Convert. The hexadecimal and unicode equivalents are displayed. Decimal codes are … Read More

Put the drawing tools down!

Alan Pringle / Tools5 Comments

This list of technical writing myths has a decidedly DITA slant; I don’t necessarily like the idea of DITA driving what is and isn’t acceptable practice for technical writing. That being said, I endorse the information provided about myth #4: 4. The Callouts on Graphics … Read More

Wacky wiki

Sarah O'Keefe / Tools1 Comment

We recently made our FrameMaker 7 workbook content available in a public wiki. We simply don’t have the time to make the needed updates to get the content to version 8, so we thought that we’d let you, the general public, have editable access to … Read More