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Arbortext and the DITA Open Toolkit [Arbortext Monster Garage]

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Arbortext and the DITA Open Toolkit [Arbortext Monster Garage]

We get a lot of questions about whether you can use Arbortext with the Open Toolkit.  The answer is, "Yes, of course," but any further details are difficult unless you know what the questioner means by that: "Arbortext" is a portfolio of products that includes an editor, multiple publishing engines (for both typical and magazine-quality publishing), a content management system, a styling tool (so non-programmers can create stylesheets), a DTD/configuration tool, a dynamic link manager, and an illustration tool. Which part of Arbortext do you want to use with the DITA OT?

For example, if you want index processing, you've got to swap out FOP. There's one place you can use Arbortext. You can use Arbortext editor as your DITA editor, that's another place. Want to create multi-channel stylesheets without having to learn XSL and XSL-FO, well, that's a third place. Want to kick off the DITA OT from inside the CMS? That's four.

Our shop coach  Mark Giffin, Mark Giffin Consulting, is going to explain the basics of how Arbortext works with the DITA Open Toolkit.

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The video is on our YouTube Channel!

Like I said, you can do it, but if you've got Arbortext you don't have to. You've got better tools already.

This session is aimed at Advanced users, because that's the OT demands skill, experience, and a metric ton of patience.

About The Arbortext Monster Garage

There are a million Uber Geeky things you can do in Arbortext. Arbortext is a mature platform: The entire set of tools works together. Arbortext is open: The entire UI and publishing pipeline is 100% available through a well-tested API. The possibilities are enormous for anyone who wants to do new, interesting, over-the-top things with their product information. In this web series, we feature the Open API and the geeky things you can do with Arbortext. You?ll find knowledgeable mechanics, here. Put on your shop coat, because here we go!

The Arbortext Monster Garage is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. Our current project is the TC Dojo where you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to check it out and vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics. The TC Dojo is all about you!