JustSystems Product Training

Ensure that your staff have the skills they need to succeed and thrive with XML and XMetaL. Product training delivered by experts with years of experience can make a world of difference to the success of your XML implementation.

XMetaL Author Enterprise DITA End User Training

This three-day hands-on course will enable your authors to create the content that’s essential to your organization. The course is delivered on-site and is tailored to the specific needs of your organization to ensure students get the appropriate depth of exposure to the skills they will use the most. The lab exercises are customized to use your own documentation, reinforcing the relevance of the material with content that is already familiar to the participants. Up to 12 students can be accommodated per class.

  • Day 1 – Foundations
    We begin with an introduction to XML and structured authoring concepts, covered to whatever level is necessary for your audience. Following that we provide an introduction to DITA and topic-oriented authoring, and then begin getting familiar with the XMetaL Author user interface.
  • Day 2 – Topic-Oriented Authoring and DITA Elements
    In day two you will learn more about writing DITA topics, starting with the high-level structures of the three basic topic types, and progressing further and further into the lower-level components that make up a DITA topic. We cover all of the most commonly-used structures such as paragraph-type elements, lists, tables, and graphics, as well as many of the more special-purpose element types such as prologs (metadata), footnotes, and index terms.
  • Day 3 – Putting Things Together
    On day three we look at the “bigger picture” by working with DITA maps, bookmaps, publishing with the DITA Open Toolkit, conditional content, and linking, including cross-references and content references. With any remaining time we begin to work on analysis and content modeling for your real documentation.

XMetaL Developer Training

During this three-day course you’ll learn all the techniques available to customize XMetaL Author or XMAX, from configuration files to harnessing the power of 1000+ API properties and methods to control detailed aspects of the software’s behavior. Based on the development work you need to perform we will tailor the course content to fit your needs. This course is delivered on-site and can accommodate up to six students.

The topics for the course are drawn from the following:

  • XMetaL Author End-user Overview
  • XMetaL Architecture and Customization Overview
  • CSS in XMetaL
  • CTM Files
  • Scripting in XMetaL
  • The XMetaL Author API
  • Additional Scripting Capabilities
  • Deploying XMetaL Customizations
  • Menus and Toolbars
  • COM Programming and XMetaL
  • XFT: Forms Interfaces in XMetaL
  • The Resource Manager and Special-Purpose Interfaces
  • Building XMAX Applications
  • Customizing the DITA Edition
  • XMetaL Developer Best Practices, Tips and Tricks

A popular option is to schedule two days of consulting with the three-day course. This will give you time to work side-by-side with your XMetaL consultant to brainstorm designs and develop working prototype code for the customizations you need to develop.

Custom Training

Let us know what you need. We want everyone to be productive and confident using our software. In the past we’ve done a variety of different custom training engagements:

  • Train-the-trainer.
  • Condensed training for subject matter experts.
  • Preparation of one-page “cheat sheets” to help occasional users.
  • Multiple back-to-back training sessions to train large numbers of people.
  • Train-the-maintainer. XMetaL Developer training combined with an overview of the implementation for the
    product customization we created for you during an engineering services project.