Operation Cleanup: CSS refactoring for InfoDevs

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

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MadCap Flare: pain points and solutions (part 2)

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!

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How to use custom fonts in TopNav help

Imagine a situation: you’re going to prepare a help system for a website. You suggest creating a help that has the look and feel of the website itself. The customer is happy with that, and you’re eager to start as you have MadCap Flare 11 or 12 with that cool TopNav output. However, the website uses custom fonts, and you need to use them in your help system.

What would you do?

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It's a dangerous business, Information Developer, sending out your portfolio. You create a sample, and if you don't keep your NDA, there's no knowing where you might be sued off to