This article shows how Scriptorium helped one company use XML to integrate information in a database with desktop publishing content. In most enterprises, useful content exists in a number of different tools or databases. To include that content in your publications, you might use traditional … Read More
The basic idea of structured content—separate storage of content and formatting—is changing production workflows and, increasingly, content creation tools. In FrameMaker 12, Adobe joins the party on the tech comm side.
In the late ’50s, my mom worked for the library at a large Canadian university. One day the library received an official letter from the U.S.S.R. asking the library to please return the Soviet Union’s encyclopedia for “revisions.”
I had a lot fun meeting all the great tech comm folks who attended LavaCon in Austin earlier this week. (I’m also dreaming about the next time I’ll get a divine Buffalo Bill burger from Hopdoddy.)
ExtendScript allows automation of most FrameMaker tasks and, through the ExtendScript Toolkit, allows scripts to use other ExtendScript or ActionScript objects. If our clients were going to be asking for tools that use ExtendScript, I thought I’d take a look at it.
Importing DITA into FrameMaker can be frustrating because it doesn’t ignore whitespace. Learn how to overcome this annoyance.
by Sheila Loring DITA XML is of little use to readers unless it’s converted to some kind of output. The DITA Open Toolkit (DITA OT) provides transforms and scripts that convert DITA to PDF output and a long list of other formats. Producing PDF output … Read More
The Shanghai Tech Writer blog has posted a screen capture of a rather ominous error message in FrameMaker: The licensing subsystem has failed catastrophically. You must reinstall or call customer support. I have never been the unfortunate recipient of that particular message in the many … Read More
I always laugh when department stores advertise a one-day sale and then have a “preview day” on the day before. Last time I checked, that’s a two-day sale. Well, we’re going to have a big one-day sale on Publishing Fundamentals: Unstructured FrameMaker 8 next Wednesday, … Read More
by Sheila Loring FrameMaker 9 boasts this handy feature: you can import notes and comments from PDFs into FrameMaker docs. First, you must save the document as tagged PDF in FrameMaker 9. Then you mark up the PDF, adding notes and deleting or inserting text. … Read More