Roomba for your DITA Library: Automating tedious authoring tasks

Presentation Abstract

You know how sometimes find-and-replace isn’t QUITE good enough to fix something in ALL of your DITA files? And yet, by the time you hand-edit your seventh file you’re screaming “My stupid computer should be able to do this!”? The answer is automation! In this roundtable demo we’ll Calgon-take-you-away with an XMetaL script technique called “cross-file operations”.

Meet the Presenter

Tom Magliery has been fooling around with XMetaL for so long that the early days are lost in the foggy mists of time. He rues the sad fact that many users of software tools wander through their working days unaware of some of the nifty things that their apps can do with but a little coaxing. His newest passion is a campaign to target such “tool blasé”.


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