Totally new XML Authoring User Interface with FrameMaker 2015

One of the hallmarks of NEW FrameMaker 2015, is its radically NEW method of authoring XML with a “simple” user interface. We mean “simple” as in no codes nor element tags.

01 illo of XML newFrameMaker has had a handy “authoring” mode for quite some time, that takes the user away from the traditional FrameMaker “page view” during authoring. Now, you have the option to turn on a “forms-based” user interface for common DITA document types.

Product evangelist, Maxwell Hoffmann, walks you through this easy workflow in a dynamic webinar that  you can view by clicking on the following TITLE:

NEW way to do Simplified XML authoring in FrameMaker 2015

Note: you will need to click on [REGISTER] to obtain access to the recording. You will receive a confirmation webpage that has a link with webinar name. Click on that and you will see title and description, and the [REGISTER] button will have changed to [VIEW NOW].

The following minute markers will help you locate the portion of the recording that is of highest relevance or interest to your needs:

03:30

Review over the “old” model for XML Authoring

05:00

Conceptual model of NEW visual model for XML Authoring in FrameMaker 2015, without coding

06:00

Difference between “free form” and “guided” simple authoring

07:30

features of SIMPLE XML AUTHOR, e.g. QET icons will intelligently display what is legal

09:00

Close-up examination of new QET (Quick Element Toobar)

11:00

Summary of Simplified XML Author Enhancements

14:00

Who benefits from Simplified XML Authoring

16:00

Benefits for SMEs and Casual Authors

16:30

Benefits for technical writer

17:30

What simplified XML Author mode is NOT meant for

  • not substitute for Word
  • not for free-flow documents
  • you are limited to most common XML or DITA constructs
  • you cannot populate attributes or meta-data

19:00

LIVE DEMO

19:30

Review of the “old” AUTHOR MODE

24:00

How to specify the NEW Simplified XML user interface

25:00

Looking at NEW UI for Simple Author Mode

  • fewer icons to chose from
  • QET will behave differently

28:00

example of element [short desc] that limits you to one instance [p]

29:00

example of trying to create element in an illegal location … prompted to put it in the correct location

30:30

How to use TAB and SHIFT/TAB to created “nested list”, without clicking on an incon

32:00

Creating a Table in Author mode

  • note that table has no idea how wide the page is … will need to reduce columns
  • inserting an IMAGE w/in table cell is one step process with QET

34:30

example of attempt to create [Section] within table cell … FrameMaker prompts me to click [Yes] to insert section in the next legal location … “fool proof” authoring

40:00

OPTIONAL: how your designer can modify topic_config.ini to have different labels and different colors in your custom Author experience

  • be sure to make backup of files first

58:00

QUESTIONS AND ANSWER

  • everything shown is NO EXTRA COST
  • everything in demo can be done in FRAMEMAKER XML AUTHOR, except for customizing the UI

Maxwell Hoffmann

I am the Adobe Global Product Evangelist for Tech Comm Suite. I am passionate about powerful, single-source publishing that can deliver content anytime, anywhere, any way.

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