<shortdesc> content not displaying within <abstract> in PDF

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Carl
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<shortdesc> content not displaying within <abstract> in PDF

Post by Carl » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:25 pm

I have discovered that content in a <shortdesc> element embedded within an <abstract> is not being rendered in PDF, contrary to what's described in your documentation.

For example I have this:

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<abstract>
<shortdesc>My introductory paragraph in the short desc.</shortdesc>
Other text in the abstract following the shortdesc.
</abstract>
According to your documentation here: https://www.oxygenxml.com/dita/1.3/spec ... t__example, this should be rendered as:
My introductory paragraph in the short desc. Other text in the abstract following the shortdesc.
But when I do a PDF transform, this is what appears:
Other text in the abstract following the shortdesc.
In other words, the content within my <shortdesc> is omitted. However, when I do a WebHelp output, everything is rendered as expected. This occurs in every topic throughout my project. When <shortdesc> appears on its own (not embedded within <abstract>), it is rendered normally. One workaround is to move my <shortdesc> content into the <abstract>, but I don't want to have to do this for every topic in my project.

Is this a bug in your PDF transformation?

Radu
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Re: <shortdesc> content not displaying within <abstract> in PDF

Post by Radu » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:15 am

Hi Carl,

Using Oxygen 20.1 and its bundled DITA OT 2.x distribution, I created a small DITA map which refers to a DITA topic containing the <abstract> code you posted but I cannot reproduce this problem.
Do you have any extra PDF customization plugins installed in the DITA OT publishing engine bundled with Oxygen?
If not, maybe you can try to create a small sample DITA project on your side and if you can reproduce the problem with it, send it to us (support@oxygenxml.com).

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

Carl
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Re: <shortdesc> content not displaying within <abstract> in PDF

Post by Carl » Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:37 pm

Hi Radu. I'm not sure, I thought I was using the "stock" PDF engine in Oxygen, but there may have been some customizations installed by the previous writer. I'm new to Oxygen and to DITA. How do I check and what should I look for?

For what it's worth, I also created a small project with a single topic using my code. And when I PDF'd it, I was able to replicate my error.

I would be glad to send you my test project, if you tell me what PDF configuration file I should include.

Radu
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Re: <shortdesc> content not displaying within <abstract> in PDF

Post by Radu » Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:13 pm

Hi Carl,

You can first send me via email (support@oxygenxml.com) a zipped test DITA project to try on my side. Also please send details about the used Oxygen version and also if in the Oxygen Preferences->DITA page you are using a built-in DITA OT or a custom DITA OT.

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

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