Have you, fellow Word users, ever struggled with proofing your document that enlisted, let’s say, dozens of different platforms or development tools? We all know how tricky those names can be to spell. To make sure that in your document .NET is always spelled .NET and not .Net or .net, you can add the needed spelling to the Word global dictionary. But what if you have hundreds of terms? How to make sure that all of them are spelled correctly in a consistent manner? What if you will not need them once you finish your document? Too many questions, and CyberText Newsletter features a great article that answers them. Continue reading
Hey, fellow writers who work in MadCap Flare! Have you ever opened your CSS style sheet in a text editor and checked if it contains conflicting entries, style duplicates, or empty style definitions? Maybe there are unnecessary repetitions of a property assigned to child elements, but this property is already assigned to a parent element? (I had this problem with fonts and colors).
Being unsure of what is going on with your CSS, you might be surprised to find that, for example, after you changed one property, half of your document inexplicably changed its color or indentation level. And there you are wasting time trying to apply a quick fix that most probably breaks something else. It is only then that you finally realize that the CSS refactoring time has come. Continue reading
As an Asian saying goes, it is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times. When somebody describes you some concept you can try to imagine each tiny detail, every piece of the whole, each brick in the wall, but there is always a thing that somehow slips your mind.
“Avoiding styles is a hobby for some Word users. They go through 35 mouse clicks in 12 formatting dialog boxes, just to avoid using a style”.
(From the introduction to Getting started with styles by Dian Chapman) Continue reading
Using MadCap Flare, a help authoring tool, can be cool and unbearable at the same time. Those InfoDevs who deal with it on a regular basis will definitely understand what I mean. The more I work with this tool, the more I learn about its capabilities and pitfalls. The work on multiple print outputs and the HTML5 target makes the challenge even more exciting. Previously, I shared some issues I encountered with possible solutions for them (See MadCap Flare: pain points and solutions). In this article, I have prepared another portion of troubles to be considered. So, Ready Steady Go!
MadCap Flare. We, Technical Communicators, use it daily. But do we really use it to its full potential? Or, maybe it has some hidden capabilities or mysterious forces we may have no idea about? Let’s follow this bumpy journey and find out together! Continue reading
No, no, this was by no means a spelling mistake, since a tool I’m going to tell you about is indeed my recent precious discovery. So, Prezi. What is that and why is it cool?