Sure to be a highlight of the Arbortext track at this year's PTC/User Conference, the "Arbortext Formatter Shootout" will feature a panel of experts, including Gareth Oakes (APP), Suzanne Napoleon (FOSI) and yours truly (XSL-FO), providing overviews and answering questions about the three main formatting technologies in the Arbortext product line. My friend and colleague, Eric Flynn, has bravely stepped up to moderate the session. (Or... referee the battle royal!)
The goal of the session is to provide knowledge and insight on the relative merits of the various technologies. While this will likely be particularly valuable for the Advanced Print Publisher (APP) technology, which is generally little-known to much of the Arbortext community, it has been my experience that there's almost always some new tips and tricks to be learned, even about technologies that you thought you knew inside and out.
But, we need your help! While the intent of the session is to take audience questions live, the panelists would like to solicit some topics ahead of time so that the best possible answers can be provided. The kinds of topics we're looking for are the real-life formatting "challenges" that Arbortext users encounter. The varied techniques each of the technologies offer for addressing these challenges should provide excellent insight into the differing philosophies and approaches.
So, tell us about your toughest formatting challenges! Feel free to write me off-list with your suggestions, if you prefer.