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Task Modeler Workflow Tips and Techniques

Task Modeler Workflow Tips and Techniques

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Companion handout for "Using Task Modeler to Streamline DITA Content Development", a presentation by Mark Wallis of IBM at Documentation and Training West, May 6-9, 2008.
Companion handout for "Using Task Modeler to Streamline DITA Content Development", a presentation by Mark Wallis of IBM at Documentation and Training West, May 6-9, 2008.

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DocTrain West Vancouver May, 2008
Task Modeler Workflow, Tips, and Techniques
Mark E. Wallis, IBM Internet Security Systems
Overall Sequence
In Task Modeler
1.
 
Set up your workspace (once only).2.
 
Create a new project (one for each ditamap).3.
 
Start a new ditamap.4.
 
Set up views.5.
 
Create topics.6.
 
Create parent-child relationships between topics.7.
 
Generate stub files.8.
 
Create a relationship table for related links.9.
 
Save your ditamap.
In your DITA-compliant editor
10.
 
Open your DITA map.11.
 
Edit topics to add content and metadata.12.
 
Generate a CHM file using Apache Ant.
Later
 
Use Task Modeler to edit structure (add/delete/move topics) and to edit therelationship table.
 
Use DITA-compliant editor to edit content and add metadata.
 
Use DITA-compliant editor to create combination topics.
 
Use DITA-compliant editor to create master ditamaps of other ditamaps.
Task Modeler
Create a new workspace and project in Task Modeler
1.
 
Use Windows Explorer to create a workspace folder (directory) where yourcontent will live.2.
 
Open Task Modeler.3.
 
Click
File > New > Project
.4.
 
Click
General > Project
and click
Next
.5.
 
Type a project name for your project.6.
 
Select the workspace folder you created in step 1 and click
Next
.7.
 
Click
Finish
.
 
 
DocTrain West Vancouver May, 2008
Start a new DITA map in Task Modeler
1.
 
Click
File > New > Other > Task Modeling > DITA map
and click
Next
.2.
 
Select the project folder you defined earlier.3.
 
Give the ditamap a prefixed name corresponding to your project and click
Next
.4.
 
Clear the selections to use a template and import sample files and click
Next
.5.
 
Accept all defaults on the DITA map page by clicking
Finish
.
Set up views in Task Modeler
1.
 
Click
Window > Open Perspective > Other > Dita Modeling
and click
OK
.2.
 
If they are not already showing, click
Window > Show View > Other >Dita
and select the following:
 
DITA Topic File Manager
 
Relationship Table Editor
 
Outline
 
Navigator3.
 
Click
View > View As > Hierarchical Diagram
.4.
 
Turn off property visualization for all but
Labels
. (Click on
Symbols
and
Network
and select
Hide Visualization
for each.
Create topics in Task Modeler
1.
 
Select the node type in Task Modeler.2.
 
Create a node for each topic of the correct type (topichead, concept, task,reference).3.
 
Build relationships between topics as needed.4.
 
Set properties for topics as needed.
Generate stub files in Task Modeler
1.
 
Click
DITA Topic File Manager
tab
.
 2.
 
Click the
Generate Stub Files
icon.3.
 
For the condition
If the map topic contains no topic reference, then
select
Generate Stub
and
Add Reference to Model
and click
Next
.4.
 
Designate prefixes similar to the following and click
Next
.Task file prefix: tasks\ 
ditamap_prefix_
 Concept file prefix: concepts\ 
ditamap_prefix_
 Reference file prefix references\ 
ditamap_prefix_
 5.
 
Select
Prompt before overwriting each file
and click
Next
.6.
 
Review selections and click
Finish
.
* Remember that DITA is WYSIOO (What You See Is One Option)

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