Leximation | FrameMaker, DITA, EPUB, and more

The localization team at medical technology company came to us with an interesting automation request. As part of their localization process, all files for a given language and deliverable are provided in multiple ZIP files in a single folder. The ZIPs contain the following: FrameMaker book file (optional) MIF file(s) “variables” file (optional) image files […]

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When using a DITA <codeblock> element, the intent is for all of the code to be enclosed in a single <codeblock> element (to the extent that it makes sense). From time to time I see documents where each line is in a separate <codeblock>. While this may “work,” it’s not an idea way to operate. […]

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Apr/14

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Using Coderefs in DITA-FMx

One of the possibly more under-appreciated features of DITA 1.2 is the <coderef> element. A <coderef> lets you include the content of a non-DITA code file within a <codeblock> element. Using a <coderef> can help to ensure the accuracy of your documentation by including real working code samples. DITA-FMx 2.0 provides complete support for the […]

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As a follow-up to Custom scripting in the DITA-FMx book-build process (which focuses on using ExtendScript), I asked Rick Quatro (FrameScripter extraordinaire) if he could provide some detailed information on setting up a FrameScript for use in the DITA-FMx book-build process. The following is a repost (with permission) of that article (also available on Rick’s […]

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One of the popular features in DITA-FMx is its ability to generate a PDF-ready FrameMaker book and files from a DITA map. The idea is that these files are actually PDF-ready .. one click to build the book, quick review (optional), then save to PDF. Because you can define all of the setup and publishing […]

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Mar/13

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Have UI designers forgotten about usability?

I’m seeing a disturbing trend. It’s been happening for some time now but seems to be getting more and more prevalent. User interface designers appear to be focusing solely on design, with usability taking a back seat. This isn’t a new battle, the question of form follows function vs. function follows form was debated long before computers […]

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Sep/12

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EPUB3 XHTML5 is invalid in oXygen?

oXygen (14) is a great tool for working with and cleaning up EPUB files. You can point it an EPUB file, and the Archive Viewer will show you the contents of that EPUB, letting you edit the files within. You can also validate the EPUB, with each error in the report linked directly to the […]

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Despite the fact that FrameMaker was one of the first authoring tools to support structured authoring (FrameBuilder and SGML in 1991 then FrameMaker and XML in 2002), it is still seen by many as purely a book authoring and publishing tool. While it excels at long document production and provides excellent page layout and formatting […]

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If you’re not satisfied with your current DITA to PDF workflow, you might consider FMx-Auto. FMx-Auto enables automated (scripted) publishing of a DITA map through FrameMaker and DITA-FMx. This can be integrated into most publishing workflows on the desktop or server. If you’re interested in getting high-quality PDFs from your DITA content, like you used […]

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If you’re publishing PDFs from DITA and want high quality with minimal effort, you should consider using DITA-FMx and FMx-Auto. If you’re already using FrameMaker and DITA-FMx, FMx-Auto will enable you to create the same PDFs you’re getting through manually saving the FMx-generated book to a PDF, using scripting or batch processing. If you’re currently […]

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