Programming by design

With SCHEMA LayoutFX, instead of the typical routine of “adjust layout, publish, inspect, and start over,” you use a graphical interface that allows you to make all the layout adjustments yourself and see the effects of your changes immediately.


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All the advantages of SCHEMA LayoutFX

Styling without the use of XSL-FO or CSS

In SCHEMA LayoutFX, you create layouts in a graphical user interface. This minimizes the review cycles between the designer and the programmer. A graphical preview shows you immediately how changes in the page master affect your document, and you can make any further adjustments without having to run a test publication.

Reusing layouts

Do you need a new layout for every document? Not with LayoutFX! The basic layout that is supplied is compatible with the DITA Open Toolkit and can thus be used for any DITA content – in keeping with full automation.

Building layout families

If you need new branding that is very similar to previous branding but not exactly the same, new layouts can be based on previous ones.

The properties of the base layout are retained, and only the changes you want are saved in the derived layout.

Defining exceptions

In the document publication process, situations may arise where a layout is not fully compatible with certain content. With SCHEMA LayoutFX, you maintain control at all times. You can simply use the Layout Recall function to define exceptions for a specific publication.

Is this tool completely new?

No! This is not a new tool, so you don’t run the risk of being a guinea pig. The Layout Engine used in LayoutFX has been in daily use for over five years by more than 500 customers and for thousands of documents. The only feature that is new is the opportunity to directly process any XML data, and DITA-compliant content in particular, without normalizing the XML, as is often the case in other solutions.

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Powerful document publishing

In SCHEMA LayoutFX, the publication of XML content is triggered by a job from the SCHEMA Layout Engine. The XML content (DITA-formatted or similar) is forwarded to the LayoutFX Server. The LayoutFX Server then uses the LayoutFX Formatter to generate a PDF or DOCX publication according to the rules you have specified. Alternatively, you can use the LayoutFX Recall before final publication to define exceptions to the layout rules. These exceptions to the rules can be applied again if the document content changes – just like a real “recall”.