change bars setting for change tracking

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shudson310
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change bars setting for change tracking

Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:34 pm

Now that DITA-OT supports change bars (using @rev and configured using ditaval) for AntennaHouse and XEP, it would be really nice to have a setting where Change Tracking (if enabled) could also set the value of @rev on the appropriate containing element for the change. This way, you could easily create a PDF for subject matter experts or other reviewers that could quickly direct them to changes in the document.

The setting could also control deletion of the @rev once the changes have been accepted or rejected. They could be kept for future use, or removed to clean the content based on the setting.
Scott Hudson
Content Strategist
Jeppesen
Site: jeppesen.com
Radu
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Re: change bars setting for change tracking

Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:19 pm

Hi Scott,

Actually the DITA @status attribute would be more appropriate for this task:

http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/os/spec/common/select-atts.html

So if you were to do this manually you would set on a modified paragraph status="changed" and rev='1.0' to indicate that the paragraph has changed in revision 1.0.

The problem is that you cannot flag the output content based on the @status attribute, you can only flag it based on @rev.

Also there are certain problems with automatically setting the @status attribute when change tracking is enabled. For example if you delete an entire element using Oxygen's change tracking, it gets serialized completely to a processing instruction. So it will disappear completely from the output, you will not be able to style it in any way.

Regards,
Radu
Radu Coravu
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shudson310
Posts: 130
Location: USA

Re: change bars setting for change tracking

Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:41 pm

Thanks, Radu. We've had a lot of requests to be able to print change bars / change markup in PDF for reviewers that are not using a CMS or oXygen (even though the source is created in a CMS with oXygen). Are there any stylesheet inclusions that oXygen provides for the change tracking to PDF output (AH or XEP)? We can create customizations, but I don't want to re-create it if it is already available.
Scott Hudson
Content Strategist
Jeppesen
Site: jeppesen.com
Radu
Posts: 5757

Re: change bars setting for change tracking

Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:19 pm

Hi Scott,

You can find a detailed answer here:

http://www.oxygenxml.com/forum/post32282.html#p32282

Regards,
Radu
Radu Coravu
<oXygen/> XML Editor
http://www.oxygenxml.com

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