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Robert Plano

Owner, Technical Communications Strategist, RJP Consulting, LLC

Rob Plano, owner of RJP Consulting, LLC, spent many years in high tech industries, working as an application engineer and technical support specialist. He is now involved with writing documentation and procedural manuals and enjoys learning how to get the most out of powerful tools such as MadCap Flare and sharing that experience with others.

MadWorld 2017 Sessions Presented by Robert Plano:

Monday, April 3

2:35-3:30 PM

Writing Effective CSS in MadCap Flare: Understanding the Box Model

Track 1 Basic/Intermediate • MadCap Flare • CSS

The position of every element on a MadCap Flare document page, and its position relative to other elements on the page, is controlled by the three basic parameters that make up the Box Model: padding (the space immediately around the element), borders (the bounding lines around the element) and margins (the space separating two elements). These parameters are directly descended from traditional typography and their implementation in the digital world can take a bit of effort to fully appreciate and utilize in Flare projects. Once they are understood, they become powerful tools in designing an effective page layout. This presentation will cover the origin and meanings of the box model components and demonstrate how they are implemented in Flare, both through the Stylesheet Editor and directly editing the text CSS file, providing a solid base of knowledge on how to properly and effectively use the padding, border and margin parameters to design a quality page layout.

Tuesday, April 4

2:35-3:30 PM

Mastering Page Layouts in MadCap Flare

Track 3 Basic/Intermediate • MadCap Flare • CSS

Virtually all documents produced by a technical writer will have several distinct sections. A typical document could contain, for example, a title page, a table of contents, a few pages of legalese, the main body of the document, an index and a back page. Each of these sections will have its own distinct look and way of displaying the associated content. Flare uses Page Layouts to define and control the look of each of these sections. Because there are so many options and ways of using Page Layouts, the process can be confusing. This presentation will go step-by-step through setting up a Page Layout, explain the various options available and how to connect the Layouts to the document TOC to create the desired output.