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rnv
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« on: October 21, 2014, 02:43:11 AM »

Does XMetaL support PI-Mod  (http://www.pi-mod.de/) information model?

Currently we are using DITA. anyone experience with how to transfer DITA to PI-Mod?

with best regards
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2014, 04:50:49 PM »

If a schema (DTD or XSD) is available for this XML format then you should be able to use XMetaL Author Essential or XMetaL Author Enterprise without issue. However, a customization is not provided. If you can provide XMetaL with the schema then authoring would include the standard XML editing capabilities of the software, which would include all the editing views (Plain Text, Tags On and Normal), the Element List, the Attribute Inspector and similar standard features. Features that help people to work with this specific schema would need to be built (probably by you) as needed.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2014, 04:57:46 PM »

I see that most of the companies listed at the bottom of this page are our partners:
http://www.pi-mod.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14&Itemid=16

If you have relationships with any of them you might ask about their implementation to see if they have something available for XMetaL Author.
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2014, 05:04:59 PM »

The following page from 2011 states that "an environment for XMetaL" is available at http://www.pi-mod.de/
http://www.tcworld.info/e-magazine/technical-communication/article/documenting-with-pi-mod/

I can't seem to locate it, so I would recommend contacting them to ask about it.

Presumably it is some form of "document-level customization" (the term we use to describe all the files needed to help an author editing and work with a particular DTD, which includes at minimum the DTD, a CSS and CTM file but may include many other files depending on how much coding you wish to implement and how much you want to help people by providing features specific to working with the DTD).

To create your own document-level customization you would need (at minimum) the DTD.

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rnv
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2014, 01:47:23 AM »

Thank you Derek,
will try to be in touch.

any suggestions for best practice to convert DITA to PI-Mod?
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2014, 04:59:11 AM »

I found DTD. The for xmetal there is a css file. I can send if you want.

how do I integrate that in xmetal?
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2014, 11:51:34 AM »

Read this: http://www.slideshare.net/XMetaL/deploying-schemas-and-xmetal-customization-files
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