Most topics consist of more than just plain text. They include cross-references, links, navigation, and other elements necessary to help end users. When you are reviewing a topic or creating a new contribution document, you will often need to add these elements to your documents.
Following is a list of features that you can create and insert into your Contributor files. You can pick and choose which of the following to include and which to leave out. Also, it is not necessary that you add these items and features in any particular order.
- Condition Tags Read more… A condition is something that you can apply to different areas of your content so that some sections show up in some of your outputs but not in others. It is just one of the many single-sourcing features that you can use in Contributor. See About Condition Tags.
- Equations Read more… Contributor supports equations written in Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) and LaTeX. After you've created an equation, you can then copy and paste it into Contributor's editor. This gives you more flexibility to use the editor and format you want. Once you add an equation into your project, Contributor uses MathJax to render it. See About Equations.
- Footnotes Read more… A footnote is a comment that is used to explain a specific area of the text. Both the area in the text and the comment contain a number or symbol that ties the two together. A footnote comment is typically placed at the end of a page where the corresponding number or symbol is placed in the text. Otherwise, you can place a comment later in the manual, such as at the end of a document, chapter, section, or book; in this case, the comment is usually referred to as an endnote. See About Footnotes.
- Images Read more… You can insert images into
documents. Contributor supports the following types of raster and vector image files: BMP, EMF, EPS, EXPS, GIF, HDP, JPG, JPEG, PDF, PNG, PS, SVG, SWF, TIF, TIFF, WDP, WMF, XAML, XPS. See About Images.
- Indexes Read more… You can include an index in your output through the use of index keywords. An Index proxy is also necessary for print-based outputs. See Inserting Index Keywords.
- Multimedia Read more… Contributor allows you to include various kinds of multimedia elements in your output, including video and audio. See About Multimedia.
- Links Read more… In Contributor, you can create links such as bookmarks, cross-references, hyperlinks, and more. See Links.
- Page Layouts Read more… A page layout is an element that you can
usein order to determine page specifications (e.g., size, margins) and to apply certain content (e.g., headers, footers, page numbers) to many (or all) topics in print-based output. It allows for easy configuration through the use of content frames, bleeds, crop marks, registration marks, margins, padding, alignment features, and more. See About Page Layouts.
- QR Codes Read more… You can insert QR codes into content files (topics, snippets, master pages, page layout content frame) using the XML Editor. A QR code is a type of barcode that can be read by devices such as smart phones. The data encoded in the QR code can be text, a website URL, an email address, contact information, or SMS (Short Message Service, which is used for sending text messages). Basically, QR codes are a way to bridge the gap between a static print document and searchable, more detailed online information at your fingertips. See About QR Codes.
- Slideshows Read more… You can add a slideshow as an alternative way to display content, using navigation controls to move from slide to slide to view different content. Most kinds of content can be placed into a slideshow, including snippets, text, tables, and more. See About Slideshows.
- Snippets Read more… Snippets are chunks of content that you can use in your project over and over. Think of them as miniature topics. It’s content that you want to reuse in many different topics, but you don’t want to have to keep retyping that content, so you just type it once in a snippet. Then you insert that snippet into as many topics as you need it to be in. You can even insert them into other snippets, creating nested snippets. Normally snippets are made up of one or more paragraphs, perhaps including elements such as lists, images, tables, or text. We’re not usually talking about single words or phrases here. That’s what variables are for. See About Snippets.
- Tables Read more… A table in Contributor is much like it is in any word processing program, such as Microsoft Word. It is a group of intersecting columns and rows that you can add to a topic for various purposes, such as comparing different elements. See About Tables.
- Text Boxes Read more… You can insert a box into a topic and add content to it. The text box is separate from the regular text in the topic and can be positioned in a variety of places on a page (e.g., aligned left on the page, outside frame, center of column). You might add a text box, for example, to create an example or case study that runs alongside the main text in a topic, in order to enhance the reader's understanding of the main text. See About Text Boxes.
- Variables Read more… Variables are used for brief, non-formatted pieces of content (such as the name of your company's product or your company's phone number) that you need to use in your project over and over. They're especially good for text that might change frequently, such as version numbers and dates. Variables are stored in variable sets, which can hold multiple variables. There are different kinds of variables: (1) basic ones, (2) custom date/time variables, (3) system variables (e.g., date and time; titles; page count; Chapter, Section, and Volume numbers), (4) Heading variables, and (5) Running Head variables. Some of these are especially useful for page headers and footers. See Inserting Variables.