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Craig Wright is an experienced UK technical author (technical writer) and copywriter who hates writing about himself in the third person. If you need technical documentation, online help, user manuals, or marketing copy, come hither, I can help.

Accordion Menu in MadCap Flare – Part Six

This is Part 6 of a series of posts on how to create the following layout, complete with accordion menu and slide-in drill-down menu, in MadCap Flare.

If you missed the previous parts, here are links:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

In this post, I’m going to cover a few of the problems I ran into when […]

By |July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Is Your Technical Communication Job Affecting your Health?

Could the way you think when creating technical communication be affecting your health? If you find it difficult to relax, are often anxious, and feel extremely risk averse, the answer could be YES. In this post, I’m going to look at how the thought processes we use in our work can become habits that lead to […]

By |June 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Accordion Menu in MadCap Flare – Part Five

This is Part 5 of a series of posts on how to create the following layout, complete with accordion menu and slide-in drill-down menu, in MadCap Flare.

If you missed the previous parts, here are links:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

In this post, I’m going to cover the TopicStyles.css and the Target. I’ll also include so that you […]

By |June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Accordion Menu in MadCap Flare – Part Four

UPDATE – Thanks to Nita Beck for pointing out the WordPress-introduced weirdness in the script in this section. I’ve changed the content so that you can now download the script rather than create it from scratch. I still recommend that you read through this section so that you understand how the script works.

This is Part […]

By |June 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Accordion Menu in MadCap Flare – Part Three

This is Part 3 of a series of posts on how to create the following layout, complete with accordion menu and slide-in drill-down menu, in MadCap Flare.

If you missed the previous parts, see:

Part One
Part Two

In Part 3, we’re mostly going to be looking at how to create the master page for this layout, but before […]

By |June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Accordion Menu in MadCap Flare – Part Two

This post is the second in a multi-part series of posts that explain how to add a Foundation accordion menu and drill-down menu to a skinless output in MadCap Flare. The output will use a layout that looks like this:

If you missed Part 1, you can see it here:

Part One

Now, back to business.
MadCap Flare and the […]

By |June 1st, 2016|3 Comments

Accordion Menu in MadCap Flare – Part One

Have you ever wished that MadCap Flare could create a HTML5 output that has the good looks of the Top Nav skin, but with the layout of the Tri-Pane and a modern, accordion menu for the table of contents? I know I have, and so have my customers. Several clients have asked “Can’t you make […]

By |May 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Using Flare’s Concept Links to Create ‘See Also’ Lists

It is important that from any topic, the reader can find everything they need to know about that topic and related topics.  Don’t assume they will use search features or contents to find other related topics – guide them there instead.

An easy way to do this in MadCap Flare is to use concept links and […]

By |May 29th, 2016|0 Comments

How to Open All External Links in a New Tab in MadCap Flare

Having external links (links that go to other sites, via a http: link) set to open in a new tab often leads to a better user experience. For example, if your Flare topic contains a process, and in that process there is a link to an external site for more information, you don’t really want users to […]

By |March 12th, 2016|1 Comment

Namespaces (XML): Learning XSLT CPD Diary

This series of XSLT posts are designed as a learning diary, to aid my Continuing Professional Development which is a requirement for fellowship status in the ISTC. I will be posting about my learning and in this post, I cover something that caused significant confusion at first – XML namespaces and how XSLT writers can […]

By |February 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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