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XML Webinar Series, Session 4: Publishing XML to PDF and the Web


Presenter:Frank Miller & Hal Trent
Date Recorded: March 11, 2010


In the 4th session of the XML Webinar Series, Hal Trent and Frank Miller of Comtech Services will look to the future of XML/DITA publishing by incorporating technologies like CSS 3 which allows for a single style sheet to deliver print and web documents.

Prior to the release of the CSS 3 specification, publishing groups needing both print and web delivery were required to have two separate style sheets, one for PDF and the other for web delivery. In general, technical publication groups used XSL-FO, FrameMaker, or Arbortext Styler to publish XML content to PDF, but with rendering engines supporting the CSS 3 specification, publishing to PDF is about to change.

In this webinar Hal and Frank will review the CSS 3 specification, and demonstrate how documentation groups can design a CSS 3 style sheet to accommodate both print and web requirements using publishing engines like Antenna House. In addition, Hal and Frank will review upcoming technologies that will improve consistent PDF and web output.


Hal Trent is an experienced Consultant, Style Sheet Developer, and Information Systems Manager at Comtech Services, Inc. He has experience in XML CMS implementations for a variety of businesses and academic institutions and is currently focusing on SVG and DITA. He also leads frequent workshops related to DITA and XML. Hal has a BS in Biology from Roanoke College and an MS in Information Systems from DePaul University.


Frank Miller is a Senior Consultant and Project Manager at Comtech Services, Inc., assisting companies with their information design, process efficiency, and tools and implementation needs. Frank has more than 10 years experience in publishing and currently manages and implements enterprise content management solutions. Frank also guides corporations through their information architecture process. He has experience in conducting and analyzing benchmarking studies and information redesign for content management. He also serves as instructor for Comtech's series of interactive DITA workshops.


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