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  • mvittalreddy

    DITA to RTF

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    I have a DITA file want to generate a rtf file.
    I am new to this, please let me know how can i achieve this.


    Derek Read

    Reply to: DITA to RTF

    The DITA OT supports this. However, out of the box our interface hides some of the output formats (I think it was decided that some of them like “Eclipse”, etc, might scare some people). DITA to RTF is one of these hidden ones.

    To enable hidden output formats (we refer to them in our docs as “deliverables”):

    1. Tools (menu) > Configure Output…
    2. In the “Configure Output Options” dialog check the box labeled “Show disabled deliverable types”.
    3. From the list of deliverables select “Rich Text Format (RTF)”.
    4. Select the Edit button.
    5. On the Advanced tab de-select the check box labeled “Disable use of this deliverable type”.

    You may wish to check the bug tracker at SourceForge.net if to see if there are any outstanding issues with RTF in the DITA OT that will affect you: [url=http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=132728&atid=725074]http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=132728&atid=725074[/url]

    As well, in some cases I know of people that prefer to save as HTML, then use Word to open and re-save as RTF / DOC / DOCX format. Of course, you will need to weigh that (no longer an single click solution) against having to perform these extra manual steps.



    Reply to: DITA to RTF

    Thanks for response, we are also planning to generate a html from dita.
    our author content is having specilized element for holding information. i want to modify xslt to do that and formatting for displaying the content.
    in my case which xslt i have to modify.
    below is the sample authored content i have read data and display on html rendtion.

    237002 DTT
    Detailed,Summary Policy



    Reply to: DITA to RTF

    Hi, I am using XMetal Author Enterprise 10.0 and I want to generate RTF from DITA. Previously, I have followed the process mentioned here but after I check the box labeled “Show disabled deliverable types” > click OK > Click OK again in the other dialog box I get these error messages:

    Error code: -2147024891
    Access is denied

    Error code: -2147024891
    Access is denied.

    Please can you suggest what is causing these errors?


    Derek Read

    Reply to: DITA to RTF

    This is a scripting error that should (of course) not be occurring. The “access is denied” error is ultimately coming from Windows and would be outside of the control of XMetaL Author Enterprise.

    The file that is being manipulated in this case is probably the one located here:

    That file stores settings you set up in the Configure Output dialog.

    Here are some possibilities:

    1. Windows security settings on your machine are stopping files in the per-user area of your system from being read or written to.

    2. The file is temporarily locked due to some kind of Windows glitch. Rebooting or logging out of Windows should help.

    3. Some 3rd party software is stopping files in the per-user area of your system from being read or written to. This might include anti-virus software, or it might be something malicious or something else interfering by mistake.

    4. The software might be broken (one or more files are missing or corrupted) in which case you should try removing the file listed above so that it can be recreated. If that doesn't correct the issue then you can try to reinstall after removing the file listed above.

    5. A hardware glitch (possibly the hard drive) is stopping files in the per-user area of your system from being read or written to properly. If this is temporary then rebooting might correct the problem (memory issues). Otherwise, using Disk Check (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2641432) or another tool to check the hard drive for errors might be necessary. Once they are fixed you would likely have to manually remove the file listed above so that it can be recreated. If other files in the installation are affected you might need to reinstall. This is similar to #4 except that we're assuming there is a consistent issue with the hardware that needs to be identified and corrected (hence the use of the Disk Check tool).


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