Editing Equations

You can edit an existing equation. This includes the ability to change the equation itself, as well as modify its appearance through the use of the MadCap|equation style.

How to Edit the Equation

  1. Open the content file.
  2. In the XML Editor right-click on the equation, and from the context menu select Edit Equation.The Equation Editor opens.
  3. In the editing area, make changes to the equation. In a moment, the Preview area will show the results.
  4. (Optional) In the Screen Tip field you can type a phrase that will appear when the end user hovers over the equation. If you want to insert a variable, you can click . The variable will appear as syntax in the field, but in the output the variable definition will be shown.
  5. (Optional) In the Alternate Text field you can type alternate text to display when the equation is not available, such as when a disabled individual is using a screen reader. Again, you can insert a variable by clicking .

    For more information see Accessibility .

  6. Click OK.
  7. Click to save your work.

How to Use a Style to Edit the Look of the Equation

  1. From the Content Explorer, open the stylesheet that you want to modify.

  2. Complete one of the following sets of steps, depending on whether you want to use the Simplified view or Advanced view in the Stylesheet Editor.

    • Simplified The Simplified view displays styles in a grid view and is often best for brand new users.

      This view provides an easy way to apply properties to styles, with format options available from a toolbar and dialogs (similar to the way one would use an interface such as Microsoft Word). In some cases, only the most common property options are available in the Simplified view (e.g., font, letter/word spacing, paragraph alignment/indentation, autonumbering format, borders, background). One advantage of the Simplified view is that you can apply a property to multiple styles at the same time. You can also click a check box to hide the properties in the editor, allowing you to see only the styles.

    • Advanced The Advanced view displays styles in a tree structure, and despite the name, is user friendly for authors of all levels.

      For the properties, you can toggle between a grouped display and an alphabetical display. The Advanced view of the Stylesheet Editor lets you edit more settings than are available in the Simplified view. In addition, the Advanced view lets you see and apply settings to multiple mediums and media queries at the same time.

    Warning Mediums can be used if you want to use one group of settings for online output types and another group of settings for print-based output types. For example, you might use the default medium for your online outputs and the print medium for your print outputs.  From the Medium drop-down in the Stylesheet Editor, make sure the proper medium is selected before you begin. In the Advanced view, you can open multiple mediums at once; you just need to look at the title at the top of the medium pane and make sure you are working in the correct one. If you are not using stylesheet mediums for your different outputs or if you want all mediums to have the same settings, just leave the medium set to default and continue. Please note that Flare remembers the last medium that you used when working in the stylesheet, so it may or may not be the one that you want to use the next time around. See Mediums and Media Queries.

    If Using Simplified View

    1. In the local toolbar, make sure the first button displays (which means that the Simplified view is currently shown in the editor). If the button displays instead, then click it.
    2. In the upper-left corner of the editor, click in the drop-down field and select .
    3. Select MadCap|equation. If you want to use a class of that style (e.g., MadCap|equation.RedFont) that you created previously, then select it instead.
    4. In the local toolbar of the editor, click . The Properties dialog opens.
    5. Use the tabs in the dialog to make changes (e.g., font type and color).
    6. Click OK.

    If Using Advanced View

    1. In the local toolbar, make sure the first button displays . If the button displays instead, then click it.
    2. In the upper-left corner of the editor, click in the drop-down field and select .
    3. Select MadCap|equation. If you want to use a class of that style (e.g., MadCap|equation.RedFont) that you created previously, then select it instead.
    4. From the Show drop-down list on the upper-right side of the editor, select .
    5. (Optional) You can use the toggle button in the local toolbar to show properties below in a group view or an alphabetical view .
    6. Use the properties section on the right side of the editor to apply settings for the style.

      The area to the right of the property is used for selecting and entering values. If you know how to enter the information correctly, you can click in the value field and type it directly. Otherwise, click the ellipsis button to the right of the property. Depending on the type of property, the appropriate controls and options display, allowing you to choose or enter values (e.g., select from a drop-down list, click a button, complete fields in a dialog or popup). If you completed values in a popup, click OK at the bottom of the box.

      Following are the most common settings:

  3. Click to save your work.

What’s Noteworthy?

Note In order to use the Equation Editor—and in order for equations to display in the XML Editor—you need to install the latest Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or OpenJDK.

To download, go to:

https://www.madcapsoftware.com/downloads/java.aspx