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PDFs from the DITA 
Open Toolkit 
The Easy and the Not So 
Easy 
Leigh White 
DITA Specialist 
leigh.white@Ixiasoft.com 
P...
Me 
• Background in Theoretical Linguistics 
• Technical Writer who moved into Information 
Architecture 
• Not a develope...
Why is this important? 
• You need a POC to get the approval for a DITA 
migration 
• You need a developer to design the o...
The Easy 
• Creating a PDF plugin 
• Editing localization variables 
• Formatting text 
 Titles 
 Body text 
 Note labe...
The Not So Easy 
• Finding the file to edit 
• Configuring fonts 
• Formatting tables 
• Formatting the TOC
The Stupidly Hard 
• Setting up pages 
• Changing header and footer information 
• Formatting the index
Troubleshooting 
• topic.fo
Questions?
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PDFs from the DITA Open Toolkit: The Easy and the Not So Easy

  1. 1. PDFs from the DITA Open Toolkit The Easy and the Not So Easy Leigh White DITA Specialist leigh.white@Ixiasoft.com Presented at DITA-OT Day November 2014
  2. 2. Me • Background in Theoretical Linguistics • Technical Writer who moved into Information Architecture • Not a developer…just stubborn • Willing to experiment, willing to break things
  3. 3. Why is this important? • You need a POC to get the approval for a DITA migration • You need a developer to design the outputs for the POC • You probably can’t get funds just for a POC developer • It’s up to YOU!
  4. 4. The Easy • Creating a PDF plugin • Editing localization variables • Formatting text  Titles  Body text  Note labels  Lists
  5. 5. The Not So Easy • Finding the file to edit • Configuring fonts • Formatting tables • Formatting the TOC
  6. 6. The Stupidly Hard • Setting up pages • Changing header and footer information • Formatting the index
  7. 7. Troubleshooting • topic.fo
  8. 8. Questions?

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