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DITA Users September Meetup

DITA Users Berlin meetup Join our next DITA Users Berlin meetup on September 27 to learn how HERE Technologies tests and validates DITA docs with their own open-sourced plugins for DITA Open Toolkit.

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Teaching Information Architecture
This spring I’ve been busy teaching an Information Architecture course in the Master's degree program in Content Strategy at FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. The course begins by exploring how the principles of placemaking and wayfinding from the physical world apply to digital information systems. Read more » – ‘Teaching Information Architecture’
DITA Open Toolkit Docs Process
At this year's DITA Europe conference in Munich, I'll be speaking about how the DITA Open Toolkit project uses DITA features and other open-source tools like Git, Gradle, Jekyll and Travis to build the toolkit documentation included in distribution builds and published on the project website at Read more » – ‘DITA Open Toolkit Docs Process’
API docs in DITA and Markdown
Write The Docs I was recently invited to speak in London at the Write The Docs mini-conference on Documenting APIs hosted by the UK’s Government Digital Service, the team behind the GOV.UK website. Read more » – ‘API docs in DITA and Markdown’
DITA Users Berlin meetup

DITA Users Berlin meetup Join our first meetup on using Markdown in DITA workflows to learn how Markdown can help you to simplify the authoring process and gather input from other contributors who are less familiar with DITA.

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Roundtripping DITA–XLIFF Conversions
At the XLIFF Symposium in Berlin this week, I showed how Bryan Schnabel’s DITA-XLIFF Roundtrip plugins for the DITA Open Toolkit can be used to transform XML source files from the Darwin Information Typing Architecture to a single XLIFF file and back. Read more » – ‘Roundtripping DITA–XLIFF Conversions’
Marking Down DITA
There’s been a lot of buzz recently on Markdown & DITA, with the announcement of oXygen’s “DITA Glass” approach for URL-based conversions & Lightweight DITA’s use of Markdown & JSON. These approaches look promising, but another recent development — Jarno Elovirta’s DITA-OT Markdown plugin for the DITA Open Toolkit — allows you to use Markdown in your DITA projects right now without any new tools or processing paradigms. Read more » – ‘Marking Down DITA’
Wire. Great conversations.
Most of my client work remains behind closed doors, in corporate intranets, strategy documents or product documentation that is not available to the general public. Today that changed with the launch of Wire, a new communications network with a focus on content and an emphasis on high fidelity paired with elegant design. Read more » – ‘Wire. Great conversations.’
Contributing to the Toolkit via GitHub
Now that the DITA Open Toolkit is hosted on GitHub, it's easier than ever to contribute changes to the DITA-OT source code or the documentation. At DITA-OT Day in Munich, I demonstrated how to fork the docs submodule, create a new branch, change the necessary files and submit a pull request — all from the comfort of your web browser. Read more » – ‘Contributing to the Toolkit via GitHub’
DITA-OT Documentation Repository
At the DITA Europe conference in Munich, the DITA Open Toolkit contributors decided to split the toolkit documentation into a dedicated GitHub repository to make it easier for users to contribute. We hope this step will encourage more people to get involved in the project. Read more » – ‘DITA-OT Documentation Repository’
Using Icon Fonts in DITA Projects
This year at DITA Europe in Munich, I presented several options for integrating icon fonts in DITA projects with markup examples and renderer configurations that show how to include icon glyphs in multiple output formats. Read more » – ‘Using Icon Fonts in DITA Projects’
Best Practices Newsletter Article — Automating DITA Builds
After speaking at DITA Europe 2013 in Munich, I was invited to expand my presentation on “Automating DITA Builds” to an article for the Best Practices Newsletter published by the Center for Information-Development Management. The article served as the basis for my presentation at the Content Management Strategies / DITA North America conference in Seattle. […] Read more » – ‘Best Practices Newsletter Article — Automating DITA Builds’
Automating DITA Builds (Seattle Edition)
After presenting at the DITA Europe 2013 conference in Munich last year, I was invited to give the talk at the Content Management Strategies/DITA North America conference in Seattle. I'll be speaking again later today on “Automating DITA Builds — Lightweight Continuous Integration for Documentation Projects”. Read more » – ‘Automating DITA Builds (Seattle Edition)’
Automating DITA Builds
At the DITA Europe 2012 conference in Frankfurt on Main, many participants expressed interest in integrating software development methodologies with DITA authoring. At the 2013 conference in Munich, I’ll be speaking on “Automating DITA Builds — Lightweight Continuous Integration for Documentation Projects” Read more » – ‘Automating DITA Builds’
Talk @ tekom: Social Versioning
This year, the annual tekom spring conference will be held right here in Potsdam from April 14–15. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to attend a conference so close to home, and will be speaking on social versioning and the use of distributed version control systems for collaborative authoring of documentation. Read more » – ‘Talk @ tekom: Social Versioning’
Accessible Documentation
I was recently asked to give a presentation on the relationship between technical documentation and accessibility for an event held at the University of Applied Sciences here in Potsdam. The event was organized by the Institute for Information and Documentation (IID) and supported by the German-Austrian office of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Read more » – ‘Accessible Documentation’
DITA-OT: Scaling Images in PDF Output
When generating PDF output via the DITA Open Toolkit, users often stumble over image scaling issues. While smaller graphics are typically rendered without problems, large images may extend beyond the page dimensions, throw errors in the log file or not appear at all. So we need a way to downscale larger images. There are basically […] Read more » – ‘DITA-OT: Scaling Images in PDF Output’
Roundtripping Versions: How to Git to SVN (and Back Again)
… An Edge Case Tutorial for the Obsessed This post proposes an arcane Goldbergian solution to a problem you may not have. It’s about version control software and a way to use a single folder on your computer as both a Git repository and a Subversion working copy. If that confuses you, chances are you’ve […] Read more » – ‘Roundtripping Versions: How to Git to SVN (and Back Again)’
Snow Leopard Services: Set ZIP File Date
One of the more popular posts on this site is an entry from October of 2007 on creating a ZIP archive and setting the modification date via an Automator workflow. As I wrote then: “…when you’re archiving older data, it’s much more useful for the ZIP file date to reflect the date of its contents, […] Read more » – ‘Snow Leopard Services: Set ZIP File Date’
Think Twice Before Firing Editors
In a move that seems to epitomize the recent decline of the newspaper industry, last week the Toronto Star decided to let go of a hundred members of its pre-publishing and editorial divisions. One of the scorned staffers channeled the energy set free by the mass layoff into a vengeant act of copy editing that […] Read more » – ‘Think Twice Before Firing Editors’
What Makes Good Information Design
David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has posted a work in progress pondering the nature of successful information design as the intersection of accuracy, relevance, usefulness, and structure. He sums up the idea in a classic Venn diagram and suggests that “if you have just two elements, you get something tolerable and cool [...] but […] Read more » – ‘What Makes Good Information Design’
PDF2: Removing Page Numbers from Cross References and Customizing Cover Pages
Dan Ochs of Wrycan Inc. has posted several nice tutorials on customizing the output produced by the DITA Open Toolkit PDF2 Plugin: one covers removing page numbers from cross references, and another explains how to modify PDF2 cover pages to include a company logo. Nice job Dan! Read more » – ‘PDF2: Removing Page Numbers from Cross References and Customizing Cover Pages’
What’s New in FrameMaker 9
If the bullet points on the product pages are not enough and you’re looking for specifics on the new features in FrameMaker 9, Adobe provides a more detailed description in the FrameMaker 9 Reviewer’s Guide, a 50-page walkthrough of the changes in the new version, including a full 10 pages devoted to the redesigned user […] Read more » – ‘What’s New in FrameMaker 9’
Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2
Adobe has launched Version 2 of the Technical Communication Suite, which now also includes Photoshop CS4 and Presenter 7 in addition to updated versions of FrameMaker (9), RoboHelp (8), Captivate (4) and Acrobat (9 Pro Extended). Highlights include an all-new customizable user interface for FrameMaker (revamped to align with the UI of Adobe’s other product […] Read more » – ‘Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2’
DITA-OT 1.5 Milestone 10
Today Robert Anderson announced the availability of Milestone 10 of the DITA Open Toolkit version 1.5. This test build provides insight into development progress toward the next toolkit release, which is scheduled to support the upcoming DITA 1.2 specification. For details, see the wiki page titled “Plans for DITA Open Toolkit version 1.5.” Among the […] Read more » – ‘DITA-OT 1.5 Milestone 10’
Customizing PDF2 Output
When customizing the output of the Idiom PDF2 plugin for the DITA Open Toolkit to display product-specific headers and footers, or different fonts and logos for different clients, customizations can be stored in separate folders and referenced in the Ant build file using the customization.dir property. To store customizations for Project A and Project B, […] Read more » – ‘Customizing PDF2 Output’
DITA for WordPress
Claude Vedovini has released a set of plugins for the DITA Open Toolkit and WordPress that allow you to publish DITA content to a WordPress site. According to the announcement, the OT plugin can be used to transform a DITA map into a single file, and send the result to the blog via the XML-RPC […] Read more » – ‘DITA for WordPress’
Apple Xserve Field Guide
Apple has released the Xserve Field Guide, a web application designed for service technicians that need quick access to server maintenance information during on-site repairs. The guide is available at two different URLs, one for desktop access via Safari or other Webkit-based browsers and another for mobile access via iPhone or iPod touch. The guide […] Read more » – ‘Apple Xserve Field Guide’
Building Apple Help with OmniOutliner
William Van Hecke, Omni Group’s User Experience Lead has released Helpify, a Python script that turns specially-formatted OmniOutliner files into Apple Help books. Helpify provides a very simple means of generating HTML that is properly formatted for use as Apple Help, including navigation links, abstracts and the HTML comments used as segment commands by Apple […] Read more » – ‘Building Apple Help with OmniOutliner’
VMware Fusion 2.0 and CVSNT
VMware recently released Fusion 2.0, its Mac virtualization product with an extremely annoying incompatibility–it won’t work properly with Windows guest systems running CVSNT, the CVS client installed with TortoiseCVS. As the release notes say: CVSNT and VMware Tools are incompatible. There is a known incompatibility between CVSNT (…) and VMware Tools. You should uninstall CVSNT […] Read more » – ‘VMware Fusion 2.0 and CVSNT’
Moving (renaming) Files in CVS
Once of the main complaints about the CVS version control system is that it’s difficult to move or rename files as your project structure changes. While you can easily remove files and re-add them under a new name or location, this method loses the precious nuggets of wisdom contained in the file’s history — you […] Read more » – ‘Moving (renaming) Files in CVS’
iChm Adds Index Search
Keeping up the franctic pace of nearly weekly releases, Robin Lu has once again updated iChm to include another user-requested feature. Version 1.3 now allows you to search the index — this great little app just keeps getting better! Read more » – ‘iChm Adds Index Search’
iChm Adds Index Support
Shortly after the well-received release of iChm 1.1.1, Robin Lu has responded to popular demand and updated his CHM Reader for Mac OS X with support for indexes. The sidebar now includes a small popup menu (shown at left) which toggles the sidebar to display either the table of contents or the index. Congratulations to […] Read more » – ‘iChm Adds Index Support’
iChm – Cocoa CHM Reader for Mac OS X
Robin Lu has released iChm, a Cocoa-based CHM Reader for Mac OS X with Webkit rendering, a slick tabbed interface and a bookmark system that not only allows you to store links to favorite topics in the current file, but also keeps track of your bookmarks across multiple files like in a regular Web browser. […] Read more » – ‘iChm – Cocoa CHM Reader for Mac OS X’
RenderX XEP Setup in oXygen
Recently, a client asked for assistance in setting up the RenderX XEP processor for use with the oXygen XML editor on Mac OS X. XEP is an XSL FO processor that can be integrated with oXygen to transform DITA maps to PDF via the PDF2 transformation scenario. The steps below describe the basic setup, and […] Read more » – ‘RenderX XEP Setup in oXygen’
Upgrading WordPress via Subversion
David over at Geeks are Sexy has a nice tutorial on keeping WordPress installations current by using Subversion to check out the latest code directly from the Automattic repository. David’s instructions are much more detailed than the brief steps provided on the WordPress site, and also describe how to check out stable WordPress versions as […] Read more » – ‘Upgrading WordPress via Subversion’
Cornerstone: New Mac Subversion Client
Zürich-based indy developer Zennaware has released Cornerstone, the latest attempt to make the Subversion experience more Mac-like. As Zennaware says, We wanted to make an application which would make version control usable and, most-of-all, approachable to Mac users. As John Gruber pointed out, they were brave enough to commercially release v1.0 without the requisite hype […] Read more » – ‘Cornerstone: New Mac Subversion Client’
Versions Emerge(s) From the Vapors
Nearly a year after the initial hype, Mac Subversion client Versions has finally seen the light of day with the release of a beta that at first glance offers little that other clients don’t. The opening line of the beta announcement sheepishly concedes the app’s impending vaporware contender status: Versions one year anniversary – celebrating […] Read more » – ‘Versions Emerge(s) From the Vapors’
Clever Title Case Perl Script
John Gruber has released a clever Perl script that transforms selected text into title case (without simply capitalizing the first letter of each word as many so-called title case functions do). The script uses a list of “small words” which are not capitalized based on guidelines from the New York Times Manual of Style. It’s […] Read more » – ‘Clever Title Case Perl Script’
FrameMaker 8.0.3 Patch Available
Mahesh Gupta has announced the release of a FrameMaker 8.0.3 patch, which addresses a long list of bugs and workflow issues, including the proper resolution of DITA content references. The update is available via the Adobe Update Manager (Help > Updates), and should show up on the FrameMaker Downloads page sometime soon. Read more » – ‘FrameMaker 8.0.3 Patch Available’
oXygen 9.2 Improves DITA Support
Syncro Soft has released version 9.2 of its <oXygen/> XML Editor, a cross-platform XML authoring tool. The new version includes a new XML Author mode, which provides a streamlined interface tailored to the needs of writers who need to focus on document content and don’t need immediate access to the Schema Editor, XSLT or DTD […] Read more » – ‘oXygen 9.2 Improves DITA Support’
Adobe RoboHelp Packager for AIR
Adobe’s Senior Product Evangelist RJ Jacquez has posted an online training session on the new RoboHelp Packager for AIR, a new Adobe Labs download that allows you to roll a RoboHelp project into a standalone app that runs on the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) platform. AIR is beginning to look like an interesting cross-platform option […] Read more » – ‘Adobe RoboHelp Packager for AIR’
Spaces in HTML Help Project Paths
Like so many other applications, Microsoft’s HTML Help Workshop often chokes on project files whose paths contain spaces. If you double-click a HTML Help Project File (HHP) in a location whose path contains spaces, the HTML Help Workshop throws an error when you click the Compile button and refuses to compile the CHM file. Cannot […] Read more » – ‘Spaces in HTML Help Project Paths’
Using Mac VPN Clients with Virtual Machines
If you use Parallels or VMware Fusion and a Mac VPN client such as VPN Tracker, you can share your VPN connection between the host Mac and the guest PC by setting the network adaptor to share the host’s Internet connection via NAT. This connection method also has other advantages, as the VMware Fusion Release […] Read more » – ‘Using Mac VPN Clients with Virtual Machines’
FrameMaker 8.0.2 Update Available
Mahesh Gupta, Adobe’s FrameMaker Product Manager announced the availability of the Version 8.0.2 update in a post on the Technical Communication blog. This patch (8.0p273) must be applied on top of 8.0.1 (8.0p266) only. The update covers a series of minor bugs and annoyances, including several related to Unicode characters and XML roundtripping and the […] Read more » – ‘FrameMaker 8.0.2 Update Available’
Sharing DITA-OT in OS X & Boot Camp
How to use a single installation of the DITA Open Toolkit on your Windows partition to generate output from either operating system environment. Read more » – ‘Sharing DITA-OT in OS X & Boot Camp’
DITA-OT 1.4.1 Released
An updated version of the DITA Open Toolkit was released last week with several patches, bugfixes and minor enhancements to provide greater control over the output directory and improve error reporting (see the announcement for the full list). One very useful patch included in this version finally permits styling of the Table of Contents file […] Read more » – ‘DITA-OT 1.4.1 Released’
SnagIt for Free!
Over at Digital Inspiration, Amit Agarwal points out a great deal on the popular Windows screenshot tool SnagIt. TechSmith is currently offering version 7.2 for free download as a promotional deal intended to attract users to the latest version (which is 8.2 as of this post). So if you don’t need all the bells & […] Read more » – ‘SnagIt for Free!’
tekom for Runaways
At the tekom conference in Wiesbaden this week, English-language presentations were featured prominently in the OASIS and tcworld tracks as the organization strives to build an international reputation for itself and attract a more cosmopolitan crowd. But despite the laudable efforts in worldliness, English text on the tekom website and even the tagline reveal a […] Read more » – ‘tekom for Runaways’
Aptana Studio 1.0 Released
The open source Web development environment formerly known as the Aptana IDE has been re-christened as “Aptana Studio” and released as Version 1.0. As of v1.0, the Eclipse-based product has been split into two different “editions”. The Community Edition remains free, and a new Professional Edition has been introduced for commercial use with “priority” support […] Read more » – ‘Aptana Studio 1.0 Released’
CHM Viewers for Mac OS
A quick search for Mac CHM viewers yields a handful of open source & shareware apps which provide Mac users access to Windows help files in the Compiled HTML Help (CHM) format. A few older shareware apps such as Chimp and CHM Viewer are only available in PowerPC versions and apparently no longer actively developed. […] Read more » – ‘CHM Viewers for Mac OS’
Automator Workflow: Set ZIP File Date
When you compress a file or folder in the Finder via the Create Archive command, a ZIP file is created using the current date as modification date. But when you’re archiving older data, it’s much more useful for the ZIP file date to reflect the date of its contents, since a few years from now […] Read more » – ‘Automator Workflow: Set ZIP File Date’
CTRL-clicking in VMware Fusion
If you use the Enable Mac OS keyboard shortcuts option in VMware Fusion, Mac keyboard commands are passed on to the VM, which is useful if your Mac-schooled muscle memory has you pressing Apple+S every time you breathe. The Enable Mac OS mouse shortcuts also affects the CTRL key, which is used in Windows for […] Read more » – ‘CTRL-clicking in VMware Fusion’
Adobe’s New Technical Communication Suite
Today Adobe announced the release of the new Technical Communication Suite, a bundle that includes the following programs: FrameMaker 8 RoboHelp 7 Captivate 3 Acrobat 3D Version 8 The press release touts a “major upgrade to RoboHelp”, but apart from that, it remains to be seen how useful the new bundling scheme will prove as […] Read more » – ‘Adobe’s New Technical Communication Suite’
DITA-OT Plug-in for FrameMaker 8
The FrameMaker 8 Plug-in for DITA Open Toolkit is now available from Adobe. The package restores the Generate Output command that was introduced with the FrameMaker 7.2 Application Pack for DITA and unfortunately missing from the released version of FrameMaker 8. Read more » – ‘DITA-OT Plug-in for FrameMaker 8’
Aptana Milestone 9 Released
A new version of the Aptana Web IDE is now available with PHP support that includes Code Assist on PHP functions and parameters, improved PHP syntax colorization, and a PHP outliner. The JavaScript outliner and Ajax libraries have also been updated. Details on changes are available in the Release Notes. Read more » – ‘Aptana Milestone 9 Released’
SCPlugin—Subversion Client for Mac
Say “Hello” to SCPlugin — At long last, there’s a Mac equivalent for TortoiseSVN: a free, open-source Subversion client for Mac OS X that integrates with the Finder to display the status of your version-controlled files in the Finder without the need for a separate application. While dedicated Subversion clients can be useful at times, […] Read more » – ‘SCPlugin—Subversion Client for Mac’
CSS Redundancy Checker
Tom Armitage of Infovore has built a CSS Redundancy Checker that will scan a CSS file for selectors that are not used by any HTML files in a specified directory or URI. The tool can come in handy when you’re maintaining legacy sites with countless selectors whose purpose is long forgotten. The Ruby source files […] Read more » – ‘CSS Redundancy Checker’
Fans of John Gruber’s Markdown will appreciate HumaneText.service, a system-wide Mac OS X service that translates between markdown and XHTML with quick key-commands: Shift+Apple+{ and Shift+Apple+}. Simply beautiful! If you haven’t heard of markdown, it’s a simple and elegant means of writing plain text that is highly readable “as is”, yet easily converted to HTML. […] Read more » – ‘HumaneText.service’
DITA-FMx Plug-in for FrameMaker
Leximation and Silicon Publishing have announced the release of DITA-FMx, a new plugin for Adobe FrameMaker that provides extended DITA support and corrects a number of bugs in the Application Pack for DITA. DITA-FMx is a plugin and set of structure applications that let you create and edit DITA XML files in FrameMaker. The version […] Read more » – ‘DITA-FMx Plug-in for FrameMaker’
DITA Open Toolkit 1.4
Version 1.4 of the DITA Open Toolkit is now available for download from SourceForge, including processing support for the new elements in DITA 1.1 such as bookmaps, index-see and index-see-also entries. The announcement contains the full list of improvements and bug fixes. Read more » – ‘DITA Open Toolkit 1.4’
OASIS Approves DITA 1.1
The DITA Technical Committee at OASIS, the international open standards consortium, has announced the approval of DITA version 1.1 as an OASIS Standard. Version 1.1 of DITA provides enhanced print publishing capabilities with new DITA Bookmap specialization, including extended book metadata. The standard offers more indexing capabilities with new elements for “see” and “see-also” references. […] Read more » – ‘OASIS Approves DITA 1.1’
BusinessWeek on Web Standards
It’s not often mainstream media carries a story like this: Jeffrey Zeldman: King of Web Standards. If enough people in upper management read this article and begin to understand the importance of interoperability and separating content from presentation, it might make designers’ lives much easier. As the “King” himself says: It might even help designers […] Read more » – ‘BusinessWeek on Web Standards’
Sarah O’Keefe on FrameMaker 8
Sarah O’Keefe of Scriptorium Publishing has published her first impressions of FrameMaker 8, including a charming and mildly disturbing delineation of the significance of the new icon. The review also includes a link to her FrameMaker Developer Center article on the new complex conditional processing features, an extremely helpful explanation of how to use the […] Read more » – ‘Sarah O’Keefe on FrameMaker 8’
Book Tip: Bit Literacy
If you’ve ever struggled with the volume of bits that require your attention every day, a recent book by Mark Hurst of Good Experience may help. Titled Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload, the book offers simple common-sense suggestions for dealing with information overload. Many of the suggestions are so […] Read more » – ‘Book Tip: Bit Literacy’
FrameMaker 8: No DITA-OT Support
The DITA application pack that was previously available from Adobe Labs for use with FrameMaker 7.2 has now been rolled in to FrameMaker 8, enhanced to support Unicode and extended to generate a single compound FrameMaker document from a DITA map file. This latter bit allows you to roll a DITA project into a standalone […] Read more » – ‘FrameMaker 8: No DITA-OT Support’
FrameMaker 8 Sports Tabbed UI
Installation Surprise #2: Another thing about the new FrameMaker 8 that Adobe hasn’t mentioned is immediately apparent after installation—the program now has a tabbed interface and the toolbar has received a colorful (if somewhat half-hearted) makeover. FrameMaker users have been complaining for years about the antiquated interface, and while a tab bar and a few […] Read more » – ‘FrameMaker 8 Sports Tabbed UI’
FrameMaker 8 Requires Activation
Installation Surprise #1: One of the new FrameMaker 8 “features” Adobe carefully neglects to mention is that the application now requires activation—like most of their other products nowadays. As usual, the program will run for 30 days without activation, but thereafter you’ll need to run the activation procedure and hope they got it right this […] Read more » – ‘FrameMaker 8 Requires Activation’
Adobe Announces FrameMaker 8
Adobe has announced that FrameMaker 8.0 will be available by the end of July. The new features are quite close to the list published earlier and include enhanced XML roundtripping and out-of-the-box DITA support—though it remains to be seen if the DITA features add anything beyond those previously included in the FM 7.2 Application Pack […] Read more » – ‘Adobe Announces FrameMaker 8’
CSS Framework YAML 3.0
“Yet Another Multicolumn Layout” (YAML) is an XHTML/CSS framework for creating CSS-based float layouts. YAML 3 offers a greatly simplified file structure, even more resilience and accessibility in the CSS components, speed-optimized versions of the components for the live server, as well as numerous new layout examples. A framework like this can be a godsend […] Read more » – ‘CSS Framework YAML 3.0’
EasyEclipse 1.3
For those who find Eclipse a bit intimidating to install, configure and maintain (or just appreciate a simpler approach), there’s now an easier way—EasyEclipse bills itself as ” …easy to download and install, and simple to maintain, without version and dependency issues”. By packaging together Eclipse, the open-source software development platform, and selected open source […] Read more » – ‘EasyEclipse 1.3’
FrameMaker 8 Prerelease Closed
Adobe has announced that they have completed selection of around 300 volunteers for the FrameMaker 8 Prerelease Beta 2 Testing Program and will not be accepting any more participants. So while that may sound like bad news if you weren’t fortunate enough to be selected, it’s certainly good news in the sense that FrameMaker 8 […] Read more » – ‘FrameMaker 8 Prerelease Closed’
WebWorks TopicAlias Marker Changes
One of the nice things about single sourcing with WebWorks and FrameMaker is that you can embed context information in your FrameMaker source files using custom markers, which WebWorks processes when creating context-sensitive help formats such as Microsoft HTML Help. However, if you’re considering upgrading from an earlier version of WebWorks Publisher to the latest […] Read more » – ‘WebWorks TopicAlias Marker Changes’
New Aptana Build + iPhone Plugin
A new version of the Aptana IDE is available with a new colorization engine, Eclipse Monkey support and “tons of enhancements”. One very special treat supported by the new build (#15637) is an iPhone Development Plugin that adds preview support for iPhone applications, so you can see how your app will look on the iPhone. […] Read more » – ‘New Aptana Build + iPhone Plugin’
Error opening CHMs on a network
One issue that is frequently encountered in online Help development is a Microsoft security “fix” that prevents display of content in CHM files opened from a network. Typically, the CHM file itself is opened and the table of contents is visible, but the content pane on the right remains empty. On corporate networks, users can […] Read more » – ‘Error opening CHMs on a network’
WebWorks AutoMap Scheduling Error Confirmed
In an earlier post, I described a situation in which WebWorks AutoMap throws a spurious Error communicating with FrameMaker message when a job is not scheduled with a valid user name and password. Quadralay support has since confirmed this defect, which they describe as follows: If your AutoMap job does not complete successfully, and it […] Read more » – ‘WebWorks AutoMap Scheduling Error Confirmed’
WebWorks — Error communicating with FrameMaker
If you’ve ever wrestled with WebWorks AutoMap, you may have seen the following messages in a log file at some point: Attempting to Start FrameMaker communication... Error communicating with Adobe FrameMaker. These messages suggest that AutoMap can’t find FrameMaker (or vice versa), and if that’s the case, Quadralay offers a few suggestions in a TechNote. […] Read more » – ‘WebWorks — Error communicating with FrameMaker’
Versions: New Mac OS X Subversion client
The interface artists at Sofa are working on a new Mac OS X Subversion client called Versions, which is due out for public beta release “any moment.” While there are a few Subversion clients for Mac like svnX and cross-platform GUI front-ends such as RapidSVN and SmartSVN, even the names seem to suggest that none […] Read more » – ‘Versions: New Mac OS X Subversion client’
Tiling Editors in Eclipse
While test-driving Aptana recently, I found the absence of a Tile command for editor tabs absolutely vexing! While this is probably old hat for Eclipse veterans, I was pleased to discover that there is a way—albeit somewhat elusive for those new to the Eclipse platform. As is often the case when you’ve been using Windows […] Read more » – ‘Tiling Editors in Eclipse’
FrameMaker 8 Prerelease Beta 2
Writing in the Adobe Technical Communication blog, FrameMaker Product Manager Aseem Dokania announced that Adobe is looking for FrameMaker 8 beta testers. If you’re interested in participating in the Prerelease Beta 2 program, sign up here. At the STC conference in Minneapolis, several Adobe employees reportedly indicated that FrameMaker 8 is scheduled to ship before […] Read more » – ‘FrameMaker 8 Prerelease Beta 2’
TU Berlin to offer Graduate Program in Human-Centric Communication
Beginning in the fall of 2007, the Technische Universität Berlin is set to launch a graduate program in Human-Centric Communication offering both master’s studies and a PhD program. The H-C3 Initiative seeks to promote development of technologies that provide flexible and intuitive communications approaches for the good of mankind. This innovative program follows a vision […] Read more » – ‘TU Berlin to offer Graduate Program in Human-Centric Communication’
Aptana — The Web IDE
Tired of paying hundreds of dollars every year or so to upgrade your Web development environment? Has the manufacturer discontinued support of your tool of choice? Upset with nasty activation procedures that treat you like a criminal when you pay for software and then have the gall to switch machines or update your hardware? Sick […] Read more » – ‘Aptana — The Web IDE’
Komodo Edit — Free editor for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows
Komodo Edit is a free, multi-platform, multi-language editor for Web coding in (X)HTML, CSS, dynamic languages such as JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Tcl, & Ajax technologies. The list of features includes autocomplete and calltips, syntax checking and coloring, code snippets and folding, project management and collaboration aids—in short: everything you’d expect from a modern […] Read more » – ‘Komodo Edit — Free editor for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows’