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Tutorial

This tutorial is also available in PDF format.

Before following this tutorial

Except for the first few ones, this tutorial is organized in largely independent, short, lessons. Almost all lessons contain a short (less than 1mn) screencast. It's strongly recommended to take the time to read the text of the lesson before watching the corresponding screencast.

We'll almost exclusively use DocBook5 examples in these lessons. This does not mean that this tutorial is about DocBook support in XMLmind XML Editor. Everything you'll learn in this tutorial applies to all document types: DITA, XHTML, etc. We have chosen DocBook mainly because this document type uses self-descriptive names for its elements: para for a paragraph, itemizedlist of an itemized list, etc. Prior knowledge of DocBook is not required in order to follow this tutorial.

If you find that this tutorial is too comprehensive and don't have enough time to follow it, we nevertheless recommend to read this minimal tutorial (corresponding screencast).

Getting started

Creating a document

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Basic editing

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Easier editing

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Copy, Cut, Paste and Delete

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Replacing nodes

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Converting elements

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Setting attributes

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Inserting special characters

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Inserting images

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Editing tables

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Modular documents

Creating a modular document

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Inserting boilerplate content

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Working with master documents

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Becoming productive

Custom document templates

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Quickly paste selected text using mouse button #2

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Inserting custom element templates

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101 ways to select nodes

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Quickly adding an attribute

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Drag and drop

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Automating repetitive tasks by recording macros

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Custom keyboard shortcuts

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Specialized tools

Creating a DITA bookmap

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Adding MathML equations

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Easily create DocBook olinks

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Reviewing changes using the Compare tool

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Conditional processing made easy

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