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Arbortext Styler Training

Upcoming deliveries

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About this training course

This class is for anyone creating or maintaining Arbortext Styler stylesheets. Styler training classes are designed help stylesheet designers learn best practices for creating Arbortext Styler stylesheets as well as provide experience necessary for individuals to evaluate the quality of stylesheets delivered by consultants.

Styler training varies depending on the specific class configuration offered at any given time. Courses are a combination of lectures mixed with examples and hands-on exercises. Each attendee will be on a computer building and authoring Arbortext Styler stylesheets based on a standard doctype.


Previous Experience: Attendees should have previously completed Arbortext Editor Basic Training or already have experience using Arbortext Editor. For some topics, previous experience in Styler is necessary; this includes having worked through Arbortext 102, which takes readers through the full cycle from start to finish.

Software License: Attendees must have their own license of Arbortext Styler; attendees who do not have a license are welcome to attend and observe.

Where is the class held?

We offer both public and private deliveries, either fully remote or in-person. Regardless of the delivery style, all workshops are led by a live, online expert instructor, making for a fully interactive and engaging experience.

Virtual Public Deliveries are held online and, when you share your screen, it's just as if we're just like we're standing behind you and looking over your shoulder. All students can speak and hear each other and the instructor during lecture and hands-on lab exercises. The only difference between this class and in-person? No travel costs.

Private deliveries can be held virtually using your environment, on-site at your facility, or at a location nearby. Contact a training advisor to discuss specific requirements.

Our training sessions are highly interactive and engaging. All sessions are designed to be hands-on using standard, out-of-the-box Arbortext Editor and Styler. All training is done through hands-on exercises to increase adoption and solidify learning.

Training sessions focus on specific topics such as:

  • How to set up page sets, page types, page regions, generated text
  • Using property sets
  • Creating your first stylesheet
  • Working with modules
  • Advanced modules (aka creating your second stylesheet and beyond)
  • Troubleshooting stylesheets
  • Adding support for both print and web output
  • Creating covers
  • Formatting tables of contents, lists of tables, lists of figures, and indexes
  • Working with side-by-side content
  • User Formatting Elements (UFEs)
  • Working with Styler Generated content
  • Working with complex page-based formatting (headers, footers, bleed tabs, fancy table formats etc)
  • Adding XLIFF support
  • Managing multiple-doctype support 
  • Where to go for help
  • Other topics…

Individually scheduled sessions identify the topic focus.

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LIZ FRALEY, Single-Sourcing Solutions, is a long-time Arbortext user, customizer, stylesheet developer, and implementer. In addition to being a senior software architect, she is the founder of Single-Sourcing Solutions, a qualified, experienced trainer of Arbortext Products. She has over 25 years experience programming, teaching, and supporting knowledge growth in the communities she serves. She holds degrees in Computer Science and English from the University of Maryland College Park and a Masters in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. She's the author of “Arbortext 101: Best Practices for Configuring, Authoring, Styling, and Publishing with Arbortext”  and “Arbortext 102: Best Practices for Creating Arbortext Styler Stylesheets,” both available on Amazon, and has several more planned.

JANICE SUMMERS, Single-Sourcing Solutions, specializes in helping people who’ve only ever used unstructured desktop publishing applications learn structured authoring. She graduated with a degree in I/O Psychology from San Jose State University and finds that her background helps adult learners in mastering new material. In fact, she’s been successfully transitioning Word users to XML authoring since 2005 and hasn’t lost anyone yet! She's the author of “Arbortext for Authoring: An Author's Guide to Getting Started with Arbortext Editor” (available on Amazon).

What Attendees Have Said

That very helpful. You certainly have a gift for the work you do. You communicate so well to those who “speak you language” and also to people like me that can only understand the highest level details. Thanks for everything!


Manager, Technical Publications, Moen

I worked through the book [Arbortext 102] and needed that little extra help to do what we needed. Thanks!


Technical writer, Stylesheet author