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Arbortext Publishing Engine

joann.hackos
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Arbortext Publishing Engine

Hi All
I need a confirmation about the Arbortext Publishing Engine.

Can I use the APE with a standard XSL-FO style sheet or do I have to use
Styler? In one case, I already have an FO and would like to continue to
use it to process DITA maps without having to write a Styler style
sheet.

JoAnn


JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD
President
Comtech Services, Inc.
710 Kipling Street, Suite 400
Denver CO 80215
303-232-7586
joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com




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Publishing Engine will format using FO stylesheets.

We don't work with FO ourselves, so I'm not sure if there are subtleties to
that statement or not (Abortext or FO version requirements, for example). I
know that the question of FO extensions must be considered (but again, since
we don't use it, I'm not sure how broad of an impact that really presents).
I believe Arbortext supports some their own, but whether there are
non-Arbortext extensions that have broad acceptance that PE supports, I
don't know.

For what it's worth, PE actually ships with a simple FO that will create a
PDF of the source XML for debugging purposes.


On Feb 2, 2008 7:26 AM, JoAnn Hackos <joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com> wrote:

> Hi All
> I need a confirmation about the Arbortext Publishing Engine.
>
> Can I use the APE with a standard XSL-FO style sheet or do I have to use
> Styler? In one case, I already have an FO and would like to continue to use
> it to process DITA maps without having to write a Styler style sheet.
>
> JoAnn
>
>
> JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD
> President
> Comtech Services, Inc.
> 710 Kipling Street, Suite 400
> Denver CO 80215
> 303-232-7586
> joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com
>
>
>
>
>

You can use Arbortext PE with XSL-FO style sheets.



If you use XSL-FO stylesheets with DITA documents, you will not get the
fallback generalization that normally occurs for unstyled
specializations since determining what is styled and unstyled uses
information from the Styler Stylesheets (.style) that isn't available
with XSL-FO stylesheets. If your XSL-FO stylesheet does its own fallback
processing based on the class attribute, that shouldn't be a problem.



The document that you are actually styling in this case isn't a DITA map
or a DITA topic, but rather a hybrid document that is constructed on the
fly during the composition process. The hybrid document goes by the name
of Resolved Document for Styling or RDS. Your existing XSL-FO
styelsheet may need some adjustments to work with the RDS, although the
bulk of the RDS uses regular topic markup. The RDS is described in
Styler's online help (Help-->Styler Help) in the section on "Styling
DITA documents-->Working with the resolved document". When you are
editing a DITA map, you can view the RDS by using the Edit-->Edit
Resolved Document-->For Styling menu item.



-Jeff


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