FrameMaker and the Power of XML: XLST, XPath and more

Wednesday, October 9 2013 @ 12:58 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Adobe Tech Comm recently hosted Alan Houser (@arh) as our guest expert to present a 3-part series on “FrameMaker and the Power of XML.” This blog covers highlights of the series, and provides links to the recorded webinars.

G XMLSess 1) Approaches to EDD design

The FrameMaker Element Definition Document (EDD) provides a simpler option for formatting SGML and XML documents than the complex, arcane FOSI or XSL-FO.

In this recorded webinar, Adobe Certified FrameMaker Instructor Alan Houser highlights common approaches to EDD design, and demonstrates the rich capabilities of Adobe FrameMaker for generating PDF documents from XML. Houser showed the simple logic of the EDD syntax, and also showed how you can leverage other portions of an EDD to begin a new section.

In this recording, you will learn:

  • The three major approaches to EDD design, how to use each, and when each is appropriate.
  • How to use your existing unstructured FrameMaker template in your formatting rules.
  • How to leverage document structure with context-dependent formatting rules.
  • How to re-use formatting rules with format change lists.

You can view the recording of session 1 by clicking on the following link: http://adobe.ly/17WKf1k

Sess 2) Using FrameMaker XML Code View

Together, XSLT and XPath are the W3C-standard languages for manipulating XML documents.

In this webinar, Alan Houser provides a technical overview of these languages, demonstrating the new FrameMaker 11 support for these languages within the FrameMaker XML view, and provides examples of using XSLT and XPath within FrameMaker for searching and transforming XML documents.

This session shows you how to:

  • How to use XPath to address specific locations in an XML document tree.
  • How to use XSLT and XPath to convert common document structures to HTML.
  • How to use XSLT and XPath to generate HTML tables of contents and resolve cross-references.

You can view this webinar recording by going to the following link: http://adobe.ly/17WKqKd

Sess 3) Deep dive into XSLT and XPath

Together, XSLT and XPath are the W3C-standard languages for manipulating XML documents. In this webinar, Adobe Certified FrameMaker Instructor Alan Houser will provide a technical overview of these languages, demonstrate the new FrameMaker 11 support for these languages within the FrameMaker XML view, and will provide examples of using XSLT and XPath within FrameMaker for searching and transforming XML documents.

Viewing this webinar recording, you will learn:

  • How to use XPath to address specific locations in an XML document tree.
  • How to use XSLT and XPath to convert common document structures to HTML.
  • How to use XSLT and XPath to generate HTML tables of contents and resolve cross-references.

 About our presenter: Alan Houser is a Society of Technical Communication Fellow, a former member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee and a popular presenter at technical communication conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and Master of Arts degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. He may be followed on Twitter as: @arh

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