Thanks for the responses on my previous threads. We are learning and trying tocatch up as fast as we can, and I appreiciate everyone's input on past responses.
I wanted to know if everyone knew of any place to learn about APP styling code.
Some stylesheets we received from our mother company have APP code written into FOSI stylesheets. There are a lot of quirks with their system, and this is part of the bug. They can't print to pdf from edit view. They have to first resolve the document for styling and then print. Their goal was to provide for 2 columns in the fosi sheet with wrapped text around graphics. The problem is, we can't run batch processes if we have to resolve for styling from AE everytime.
I might not be able to undo the resolve for styling issue yet, but if I can understand APP better it might give me insight on how to change it in the future.
I know this much (we're still learning through), the stylesheet (.style) has source edits written in APP code. Both our parent company and we are using 5.4 M100, which supports APP engine. Unfortunately, the stylesheet was written with many "source edits" to make the output appear properly.
I'm not aware that a batch process could command to - edit resolved document for styling and then print to pdf from PE. I don't know if it does. Typically, as I understand it, the composition is straight from edit to compose and the stylesheet is applied. Most of the documents we're receiving, although supposed to be DITA, are XML. For us, since we aren't familiar with APP, it's hard to look at the source edits and make changes when changes are necessary. I don't know whereabout someone looks to learn more on the subject.
Thanks again, and please forgive my lack of knowledge. You might see from another one of my threads that we're working through a lot of obstacles to get up and running, but we're determined to get there.
The documentation will get you only so far with understanding APP source code edits (JS FOM API code) but beyond basic property or styling edits you will need to know more about how the engine works and builds pages.
Courses and manuals are available on this if required.
Thanks for the advice. The APP Help centre was partly helpful. Part of the issue too, is trying to understand and then correct what was given to us. I agree Chris, that I need to know more about how the engine works and builds its pages. We are working on interpreting their other js and acl files also.
What confuses me here, too is that the stylesheet used in editing, and the stylesheet used in rds are identical when compared. The only difference is that the rds-stylersheet doctype folder has three .xsl files in it. I can't see in any files where theseare being told to runduring print.
Hopefully, we'll make some progress until we can get some consulting on the matter.