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MadCap Flare Developer’s Guide (Updated for V10)

by Scott DeLoach

This 400+ page award-winning book explains how to organize, build, and publish online help, policies and procedures, knowledge bases, user guides and more using MadCap Flare. Flare expert Scott DeLoach shares detailed information about how to import content from RoboHelp®, Word, FrameMaker®, HTML, and DITA documents and how to use all of Flare's features. Each section includes sample questions to help you prepare for the Flare certification test. The book also includes a list of keyboard shortcuts and an innovative task index. If you want to use Flare like a pro, this is your guide.

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CSS To The Point

CSS To The Point

by Scott DeLoach
Focuses on Cascading Style Sheets which is core to getting the most out of Flare publishing.
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CSS To The Point

HTML5 To The Point

by Scott DeLoach
This easy-to-use and comprehensive book provides answers to over 140 HTML5 questions.
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Five Steps to MadCap Flare

Five Steps to MadCap Flare, Fourth Edition, updated for Flare 10

by Lorraine Kupka
This book helps users new to Flare and topic-based authoring get started quickly. For experienced users, it provides a useful resource for expanding their knowledge of Flare and for several tips, tricks, and best practices.

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Advanced Features in MadCap Flare 10

(Written entirely using MadCap Flare 10)

Paperback / Kindle
by Neil Perlin
MadCap Flare is one of the leading help authoring tools on the market. Its features range from straightforward ones used to create topics, to an almost overwhelmingly powerful stylesheet editor, to features like support for responsive design, HTML5, and the DOCTYPE that have strategic implications and may be unfamiliar to many help authors. As useful as these features are, they can also be confusing, especially for authors who are self-taught and find themselves swamped with unfamiliar or advanced options. This book addresses forty-one of these often unfamiliar or advanced options. Read More

Advanced and Unfamiliar Features in MadCap Flare 9

Advanced and Unfamiliar Features in MadCap Flare 9: What Does That Do?

Paperback / Kindle
By Neil Perlin
Updated for MadCap Flare v9. Flare is one of the leading help authoring tools on the market. Many of its features are straightforward but some, like its CSS editor, have complex and often unfamiliar elements. Other features, like the DOCTYPE specification and HTML5 support, have strategic implications. These features can be confusing, especially for authors who are self-taught and find themselves swamped with unfamiliar options. This book addresses 38 of these options in Flare 9, many of which apply back to Flare 8 as well.

Note: This book was authored using MadCap Flare.
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Advanced and Unfamiliar Features in MadCap Flare 8

Advanced and Unfamiliar Features in MadCap Flare 8

By Neil Perlin
Flare is one of the most powerful help authoring tools on the market today. Its features range from the straightforward mechanical ones to complex design and programmatic features like its stylesheet editor, to strategic features like support for HTML5 and DOCTYPE specifications. This book is based on seven years of consulting and training as a MadCap-certified Flare trainer and consultant, and another twenty working with online help systems.
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Writing Plain Instructions

Writing Plain Instructions — How to write user manuals, online help, and other forms of user assistance that every user understands

by Marc Achtelig
This book shows you how to write simple user assistance rather than complex user annoyance.
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Planning and Structuring User Assistance

Planning and Structuring User Assistance — How to organize user manuals, online help systems, and other forms of user assistance in a user-friendly, easily accessible way

by Marc Achtelig
This book tells you how to structure, index, and link your documents so that readers actually find the information that your documents contain.
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Designing Templates and Formatting Documents

Designing Templates and Formatting Documents — How to make user manuals and online help systems visually appealing and easy to read, and how to make templates efficient to use

by Marc Achtelig
Setting up templates and style sheets that are efficient to use when creating and updating a document requires a lot of experience in technical writing. The rules presented in this book are the essence of this experience.
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Technical Documentation Basics

Technical Documentation Basics: “How to Write That F***ing Manual” The essentials of technical writing in a nutshell

by Marc Achtelig
This book provides hands-on advice and simple, catchy examples—free from theoretical elaborations and highbrow grammar terms. Ideal for developers, marketing professionals, or product managers who need to create some user assistance for their products but don't have the time to study a dozen all-embracing textbooks about technical writing before getting down to work.
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Creating User-Friendly Online Help

Creating User-Friendly Online Help

by Petra Thiemann and David Krings
A great overview for working with MadCap Flare including many tips and best practices.

HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition

HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition (Visual Quickstart Guide)

by Elizabeth Castro
A good overview of the technologies that are the foundation beneath Flare. It also features a great Visual QuickStart series.
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Technical Writing 101

Technical Writing 101: A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Documentation

by Alan S. Pringle and Sarah O'Keefe
Useful to polish up your general authoring skills.
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Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web

Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web (3rd Edition)

by Hakon Wium Lie and Bert Bos
The more that you work with Flare the more you will come to realize that Cascading Style Sheets, or CSS, have huge amounts of power and control in just how your content is formatted and presented. Learning as much as you can about CSS will pay dividends. This a great CSS book from the actual creators of the CSS specification.
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CSS: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition

CSS: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition

by Eric Meyer
Another good CSS reference.
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DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web

DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web, Third Edition (Visual Quickstart Guide)

by Jason Teague
If you want to go beyond the built in capabilities and want to explore some of the advanced possibilities available with some custom hand scripting, this is a good place to start.
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Creating User-Friendly Online Help

Essentials of MadCap Mimic 6

by Neil Perlin
A great book by technical communication expert Neil Perlin on utilizing MadCap Mimic.

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