Generate .ditaval Files from DITAToo’s Publishing Profiles and Publish DITA Content Outside of DITAToo

As promised, today I want to talk about a new feature that lets you easily publish DITA content outside of DITAToo. I think this feature will be especially useful for FrameMaker users who want to use FrameMaker publishing capabilities to produce a PDF output instead of generating a PDF through the DITA Open Toolkit.

In the previous post, I explained how you can create publishing profiles based on different values of the conditional attributes. When you publish a project within DITAToo, you can select one of the publishing profiles (or manually select conditional attribute values) to filter conditional content, and DITAToo will do the rest. However, publishing profiles are stored in DITAToo. What if you want to publish DITA content through FrameMaker and therefore, need conventional .ditaval files?

DITAToo can generate .ditaval files from publishing profiles and download them to your local computer along with the DITA map and all relevant files (topics and images). On the Project tab, you select the project that you want to publish outside of DITAToo and select Project > Get Files for External Publishing.

Get Files for Publishing Outside of DITAToo

DITAToo finds all publishing profiles associated with the project and prompts you to select those of them that you want to convert to .ditaval files. You can also specify a location on your computer where you want to download the files.

Publishing DITA Outside of DITAToo

DITAToo will convert each publishing profile to a .ditaval file with the action attribute set to “included” or “excluded” depending on how you selected check boxes in the profile. For example (click to enlarge):

Generating a Ditaval File from DITAToo

Then DITAToo will identify all files included into the project (both topics and images) and download all of them together with .ditaval files to the specified location. Now you can provide these files to FrameMaker for publishing.

It’s easy, isn’t it? That’s not all! DITAToo also gives you a user interface for creating .ditaval files. All you need to do is to select Project > Generate Ditaval File.

Generate Ditaval File from DITAToo

You can either select one of the existing publishing profiles or manually select conditional attribute values. DITAToo will generate a .ditaval file and download it to the specified location.

In the next post, I’ll tell you about a quite interesting feature related to how you create new DITA topics from DITAToo. I’m sure you’ll find it useful. Stay with us!

In the meantime, you can learn more about DITAToo by visiting the DITAToo official website.

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