Ten things I wish I’d known about Flare before I started

Over my first two years of using Flare as my main authoring tool I’ve made a note of anything that I found less than obvious. Here is that list:

1. To size an image for pdf use mm not px – or you may get some strange results

2. Tick “Find in source code” box to do a find and replace in the xml and change properties such as file tags or language

3. Snippets don’t have a ‘language’ so keep blocks of text as extra topics rather than snippets where possible

4. To stop sw version numbers breaking across rows define span class with white_space = nowrap and mc-hyphenate = never

5. Understand the difference between “outside head” and “inside head” in mc-auto-number-position

6. Don’t set up publishing destinations until you move to maintenance mode, to avoid any accidental publishing!

7. The File List window pane is invaluable if you want to change properties of many files at once or sort files

8. Exclude is way more powerful than Include – always set up conditional text on that basis

9. If you need to do fancy things in a header use a table

10. In everything to do with tables rows take precedence over columns

 

I’d be interested to hear anyone else’s I wish I’d known lists! (Maybe I still don’t know some of those things…)

Comments

  1. Michael Bister

    Oh, an addition for topic “3. Snippets don’t have a ‘language’, so keep blocks of text as extra topics rather than snippets where possible”

    Snippets DO have a language. If you want to store a language information in a snippet, there are two ways to to this.

    Using the Text Editor:

    1. Open the snippet in the text editor.
    2. Insert the language tag xml:lang=”de” into the <html> tag.
      ‘de’ stands for ‘Germany’ in this example. You can use any other applicable language value.

    Using the XML Editor:

    1. Toggle the Show blocks button.
    2. Right-click the html block (it is vertical on the left).
    3. Select Language … from the context menu.
    4. Select the applicable language from the list and confirm the selection.

    Both ways work fine with Flare 9.1.1. However, I never tried out to put a language tag on snippets, so it also might work for older versions.

  2. Michael Bister

    Oh, an addition for topic “3. Snippets don’t have a ‘language’, so keep blocks of text as extra topics rather than snippets where possible”

    Snippets DO have a language. If you want to store a language information in a snippet, there are two ways to to this.

    Using the Text Editor:

    1. Open the snippet in the text editor.
    2. Insert the language tag xml:lang=”de” into the <html> tag.
      ‘de’ stands for ‘Germany’ in this example. You can use any other applicable language value.

    Using the XML Editor:

    1. Toggle the Show blocks button.
    2. Right-click the html block (it is vertical on the left).
    3. Select Language … from the context menu.
    4. Select the applicable language from the list and confirm the selection.

    Both ways work fine with Flare 9.1.1. However, I never tried out to put a language tag on snippets, so it also might work for older versions.

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