Publishing multiple similar books in an automated sequence

MarkAStevens_at_GE
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Publishing multiple similar books in an automated sequence

Post by MarkAStevens_at_GE » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:18 pm

I am currently using a script and the Arbortext PE to publish 24 different bookmaps one after the other. One bookmap is English and the other bookmaps are translations of the English book.

I'd like to switch from the Arbortext PE to Oxygen 21's DITA Map PDF - based on HTML5 & CSS transformation, but needing to manually publish each of the 23 different languages may be a deal breaker.

Is there a way to do this, either in Java or by adding a plugin/altering the transformation scenario?

I'd like to avoid having a centralized PE since each writer is going to have his/her own copy of Oxygen 21, but that may be an option.

Costin
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Re: Publishing multiple similar books in an automated sequence

Post by Costin » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:42 am

Hello,

From the oXygen GUI you should indeed publish the DITA Maps one by one.
However, you could use the PDF Chemistry engine to publish the DITA Maps outside of oXygen, using command-line scripts of your own.

More specific, publishing from command line, you could obtain the same PDF results you would have obtained if you were to publish the DITA Maps from oXygen XML Editor GUI, but the advantage is that you could write your own ANT or bat script to publish the DITA Maps in an automated process.

If you need, we could provide you access to our publishing engine, which is a package that contains both the latest development version of the PDF Chemistry and a customized DITA-OT tailored around the engine.
However, note that if you want to automate the publishing outside of oXygen GUI, using command-line scripts, you need a dedicated license for the Chemistry engine, available from this section of our shop.

More information about the command line interface and how to obtain PDF output using command-line, available in the Getting Started section from the PDF Chemistry User-Guide.

If you decide to test the publishing engine, you could write us on the official technical support email: support@oxygenxml.com

Best Regards,
Costin
Costin Sandoi
oXygen XML Editor and Author Support

MarkAStevens_at_GE
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Re: Publishing multiple similar books in an automated sequence

Post by MarkAStevens_at_GE » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:29 pm

Thank you Costin. I'm likely to be interested in this.

Is there a comparable command line method of publishing WebHelp Responsive?

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Re: Publishing multiple similar books in an automated sequence

Post by MarkAStevens_at_GE » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:59 pm

I think I found something closer to what I was looking for: Oxygen batch transformations (https://www.oxygenxml.com/doc/versions/ ... ation.html) look like they will do the trick both for WebHelp responsive and PDF output. It is, however, good to know that there is a command line alternative.

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