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 on: December 11, 2017, 01:00:03 AM 
Started by tmakita - Last post by tmakita

DITA 1.3 table/@rowheaders attribute is expanded to have the value "headers". If we specify @rowheaders="headers", the relevant column will be treated as the header.

3.12.4 Complex-table attribute group - @rowheader

Indicates that entries of a column described using the <colspec> element are functionally row headers (for cases with more than one column of row headers). Applies when @rowheader is used on the <colspec> element.

Does newest XMetaL 12.0 support this capability?


 Toshihiko Makita
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 on: December 07, 2017, 10:51:01 AM 
Started by Roopesh79 - Last post by Roopesh79
Thank you.. This is useful.

 on: December 06, 2017, 03:51:04 PM 
Started by adamm - Last post by adamm

XMetal 12
Installer#: 12.0.0120

I looked through the forums and didn't see any info about my question. I would like to know if there is a way to enable a Print button for the webhelp TOC (next to the Contents, Index, Search buttons). We can print a single topic, but I would like to be able to print a topic and its sub-topics similar to what Eclipse help allows. If this is possible, is there documentation that explains how to do this?



 on: December 06, 2017, 02:09:35 PM 
Started by Derek Read - Last post by Derek Read
This topic has been moved to General XMetaL Discussion.

 on: December 06, 2017, 02:08:24 PM 
Started by Roopesh79 - Last post by Derek Read
To display an image and all of its children as tags select Hide Inline Images from the View menu.

 on: December 06, 2017, 01:01:41 AM 
Started by Roopesh79 - Last post by Roopesh79
Hi Developers,

I am working on Xmetal 11 version. I am not able to see <alt> tag inside <image> tag in tags on mod. How to enable this tag in tags on mod?


 on: December 05, 2017, 02:34:02 PM 
Started by bk - Last post by Derek Read
If you really want to hide borders on a table, and the table is HTML, and you have set the value for @border to 0 (so that the borders are currently being displayed as a dotted line), in newer versions of the software you can select View > Hide Table Grid. The option Show Table Grid will render them again. View settings don't alter markup in any way.

This feature was designed like a sort of preview to answer the question "I wonder what my borderless table might look like after my document has been transformed to a format where tables aren't visible". Of course some assumptions need to be made here but it can give you some rough idea. I wouldn't recommend trying to author this way though.

 on: November 29, 2017, 03:04:43 PM 
Started by Paolo.scomparin - Last post by Derek Read
Microsoft does not allow embedding of a 32-bit DLL inside a 64-bit process. If you wish to embed an ActiveX control inside an XFT in the 64-bit version of XMetaL Author Essential (or Enterprise) you will need to obtain a 64-bit version of the control.

Unfortunately, there are a number of popular ActiveX controls that Microsoft has not ported to the 64-bit version of Windows (their MSCAL control is one of these). You may wish to contact them about this so they hear from more end users.

In the meantime you will either need to obtain a 64-bit ActiveX control to embed inside the XFT or run the 32-bit version of XMetaL Author Essential (which will run just fine on 64-bit versions of Windows as Windows will then run it under its "WOW64" system).

 on: November 29, 2017, 02:25:49 AM 
Started by Paolo.scomparin - Last post by Paolo.scomparin
Hi Derek,

We purchase Xmetal essentials 12.

If i install and use x64 version, some XFT forms sub controls doesn't works. (se image attached)

~ Regards,


 on: November 23, 2017, 01:40:58 PM 
Started by bk - Last post by Derek Read
The DITA authoring solution implements a transformation from HTML to DITA and includes support for many of the basic DITA elements. This transformation works for any HTML content on the clipboard (MS Word puts HTML on the clipboard together with several other formats when you copy). Any similar transformation process needs to be tuned to the target schema's markup. Keep in mind that every version of MS Word puts something slightly different on the clipboard (as does every different browser and many browser versions -- even though the underlying HTML source code is the same many applications put their own version of what they have built in memory onto the clipboard, or some version of that). In Word's case the HTML it puts on the clipboard contains a lot of proprietary Word (non-HTML) markup, so that is stripped out and the file is turned into an XHTML version before the transformation is done. The actual transform is essentially XML (XHTML) to XML (DITA) at that point.

If you want to implement something similar for your own schema you might have a look at the JScript code implemented for the DITA functionality in an XMetaL Author Enterprise installation. It tries to handle as many cases as possible however, so it is complex (and also undocumented as it is not really meant to serve as an example, though it has a few comments in it).

If you know that all of your MS Word documents were created using similar steps for constructing your tables (so Word's internal format for them is consistent), and that they were made using the same version of MS Word (this may not be important), and that all of your users will be using the same version of MS Word to copy from (this is important), and that users will only be copying tables or content from tables, then some of the cleanup steps might be simplified or you might get away without doing any cleanup before a transformation to your schema's format. In an XMetaL Author macro you can access the Windows clipboard using Application.Clipboard and you can use various "paste" related properties, methods and events to manipulate the content you obtain through Application.Clipboard so that what is actually pasted into the document matches what is allowed (essentially you need to transform it into a table that can be validly inserted into your document). I would recommend searching for "clipboard", "paste" and "When text is dropped" in the Programmer's Guide if you think this might be feasible.

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