Arbortext Enterprise Publishing Software Releases Version 5.1

Sep 24, 2004


Arbortext, Inc., a provider of enterprise publishing software, has announced that its newest product release, Arbortext 5.1, is now available. In addition to product enhancements, Arbortext has also expanded its support for Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), an IBM-created, OASIS-sponsored initiative that is an XML-based, end-to-end architecture for authoring, producing, and delivering technical information.

Arbortext 5.1 DITA enhancements include: Five document types that have been added (Topic, Task, Reference, Concept, and Ditabase) to support DITA and enable authors to create content based on the DITA methodology. Custom table support--also referred to as semantic tables, Arbortext 5.1 supports custom tables, which not only conforms to DITA's table models (simpletable, choicetable) and properties, but also allows users to select their own tags to be displayed and edited in a tabular form. Conref support--Conref is DITA's inclusion method used to include content from another file. Specialization support--with the ability to use a single stylesheet to control the style of Topic, Task, Concept, Reference, and other DITA applications, users can expand their publishing applications and incorporate content produced in other DITA-aware systems.

Enhancements to Arbortext 5.1 include: Styler--numerous usability improvements intended to reduce the learning curve and streamline usage, including help with creating XPath expressions, no style support within Style Helper, undo/redo buttons on the toolbar, and column sorting on elements. DCAM--viewing available targets within the current document is now presented in a familiar tree structure, which simplifies finding and selecting link targets; customers also have the capability of searching for a link target within the insert link dialog. Epic Editor--users can use the custom table support for DITA to specify their own tags for displaying content in a table format. E3--composition improvements provide more layout flexibility and include the addition of XSL-FO side regions.