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 on: May 09, 2018, 06:14:46 PM 
Started by megl - Last post by Derek Read
I would say that this Windows update has somehow caused one or more pieces of the XMetaL Author Enterprise installation to become unregistered, or something has broken files or removed them.

XMetaL Author needs to be registered as a COM server with Windows (this allows it to be customized and controlled through script the same as MS Word, Excel, and similar applications). When you install XMetaL Author the installer does the COM server registration together with a number of DLLs.

Your best bet is to reinstall the software in hope that doing so will restore any missing or broken files and register all the things that need to be registered.

 on: May 09, 2018, 03:36:32 PM 
Started by megl - Last post by megl
I have a user on XMetaL Author Enterprise 12 on a Windows 10 computer who is getting the attached errors after a hot fix to Windows 10 was implemented.

Any advice on what we can do to resolve this?


 on: May 09, 2018, 03:28:33 PM 
Started by Marvin - Last post by Derek Read
If an author uses the XMetaL Author Enterprise UI provided for working with tables then these issues should not generally be a problem. Perhaps that is what we should recommend here.

In other words, if the user has a document open in Tags On or Normal view, where CALS tables are rendered visually as a table (or HTML or some custom table type), they can use various table editing features to split and merge cells and avoid all the complications of possibly inserting extra elements or incorrect attribute values.

On the Table menu we provide a "merge cells" dialog that lets you merge left/right/up/down and that automatically handles the setting of the various attributes for CALS tables (morerows, namest, nameend). The Table toolbar provides similar functions: "Merge Cell Right", "Merge Cell Left", "Merge Cell Up", "Merge Cell Down", "Split Cell into Rows" and "Split Cell into Columns" (together with many others that allow you to add rows/columns, and move rows and columns up/down/left/right).

Of course, it is always possible to create messy table structures that are invalid or that violate some rules if you are working with raw XML or directly with tags and attributes. That is why XMetaL Author provides a large number of UI features for table editing (see attached images). Perhaps if you have issues with tables being created that have problems it would be best to deal with those issues directly in the tool that is helping create those issues? Perhaps there are similar features or a method of dealing with them.

 on: May 09, 2018, 02:40:51 PM 
Started by Marvin - Last post by Derek Read
My recommendation would be to only make changes using the spell checker's options dialogs then copy those changes to other machines once things are configured as you want them to be.

If you make a change in the dialogs and something is not changed in the registry then leave it as is.

 on: May 09, 2018, 07:53:38 AM 
Started by Marvin - Last post by Marvin
I'm still quite new to this project, so I'm not exactly sure how this happens and what the consequences are in DITA OT.

morerows: number of additional rows in a vertical span. There shall be at least that many more rows in the appropriate thead or tbody. Any entries with morerows that would attempt to extend further downward is an error.

That is one of the cases we're trying to catch.
The other thing is namest/nameend:

It is an error if the namest value is not defined in a colspec for the current tgroup.
(the same applies for nameend)

 on: May 09, 2018, 07:42:15 AM 
Started by Marvin - Last post by Marvin
Thank you very much. I really appreciate the great support you give us.

What is the DefaultUIDialect registry setting for? It doesn't seem to get updated from "EN" to "UK".
Would it make sense to set this to "UK" as well?

 on: May 08, 2018, 04:22:08 PM 
Started by Marvin - Last post by Derek Read
I'm a bit confused by that oXygen error message. The screenshot shows that in the tgroup @cols="2" so there are two columns. There are also 2 <colspec> elements (so that's consitent). There are two rows and each row has two entry elements (so number of entry elements matches the colspec). I do not see anything that would indicate there are more than 2 cells. Oddly, the error also says something about "row (3)" but there are only two rows shown in this table.

I could imagine a scenario where some authoring tool allowed you to create a table that has too many entry elements in a row, and perhaps that would not be caught by standard XML validation (with DTD). Is that the issue you are trying to show here? Under normal circumstances that would be extremely difficult to do while authoring in XMetaL Author. To do that I think it would be necessary to switch to Plain Text view and then either manually type in the angle brackets, the element name <entry> and other things. Is that something your users need to do? We typically don't see people working with tables that way. Editing in Tags On or Normal view is preferred because the table is rendered as a table and all the various editing features for adding/removing/moving rows and columns make editing easy.

Putting that aside, which transtype are you using that has issues with @morerows?

It sounds to me that if there is an issue with an output transtype when valid XML / DITA / CALS) is passed to it (in the case of the @morerows values) that the issue is with the transformation process itself (ie: there's a bug with the DITA OT transtype). Rather than try to detect and try to avoid issues that trigger a bug in a transtype doesn't it make more sense to log them as bugs with the DITA OT project so they can be corrected?

 on: May 08, 2018, 03:59:55 PM 
Started by Marvin - Last post by Derek Read
We don't support making modifications to the main word list files and are unable to provide any software for working with them.

So yes, adding words to a UWL and then delivering that is the best option.

...unless you wish to look into using the Hunspell dictionaries. The only true benefit to using Hunspell would be to allow you to limit the words in the main file to words you approve (ie: with the right 3rd party tools, you could create your own files from scratch or remove words from an existing file set). See:,3011.0.html

 on: May 08, 2018, 03:51:50 PM 
Started by jpcain429 - Last post by Derek Read
You can switch between the installed copies of the DITA OT that are supported in the version of XMetaL Author Enterprise you are using the Configure Output dialog:

1. From the Tools menu select Configure Output...
2. Select the "Advanced" tab.
3. In the "Other output parameters" section locate the settings that begin with "DITA_OT_DIR".
In the case of version 12 I believe two versions of the DITA OT were installed and configured. You can switch between one and the other by adding an underscore to the start of the one you wish to disable and removing it from the one you wish to enable.

That setting effectively points to the folder containing the version of the DITA OT installed by the XMetaL Author Enterprise installer. In theory you can use that setting to point to any version of the DITA OT, but because they have changed significantly over time it isn't possible to support all older versions.

We are now typically including a copy that is as near to the current release of the DITA OT as we can when our software is released plus one or two versions back. Currently (for version 13) that means we include 3.0, 2.4 and 2.0. For version 12 I believe we included version 2.4 and 2.0 (possibly 2.2?)

Major changes to both the functionality and layout (folder structure and files) of the DITA OT were made around version 1.5 through 1.7 or so, making them quite incompatible with older releases, and custom changes you have made to older release would need to take those changes into account. From what I know the newer releases from about that point onward (1.8 through 3.0) have been quite stable as far as folder layout and file naming is concerned.

 on: May 08, 2018, 08:33:08 AM 
Started by jpcain429 - Last post by jpcain429
We have an older DITA OpenToolkit (version 1.4) that we still use for our custom DITA-OT plugins.  We are upgrading from XMetaL Author 8 to XMetaL Author 12, and after initial install of XMetaL Author 12 and the incorporation of our older DITA-OT, we run into the following error when we try to run one of our custom transform types:

org.dita.dost.exception.DITAOTException: [DOTJ002F][FATAL] Unsupported parameter '/args.filter'. Please refer to User Guide for supported parameters.

Is XMetaL Author 12 no longer supporting older DITA-OT versions?  Or, is there a configuration somewhere to force backward compatibility?



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