Using a learn-by-doing approach, FOSI Quickstart tutorials show how to
make the most of Arbortext Editor's FOSI formatting language and its no-extra-
cost interfaces for FOSI development and maintenance.

The
FOSI Quickstart Tutorials are not at all like skim-the-surface free
tutorials that are available for some languages (
"This is the definition of a
counter. Here is a simple example of using a counter. This is the definition of
a string variable. Here is a simple example of using a string variable."
), which
leave it to you to figure out how to make everything work together. Who has
time for that?

The
FOSI Quickstart Tutorials take the opposite approach. They are
designed to demonstrate how
all the pieces work together, including
Preference settings and environment variables that affect FOSI formatting.
Common error conditions and messages are also covered.

The tutorials are designed so you can
experiment on your own before
moving on to the next tutorial. Each tutorial has its own XML file and FOSI. To
make the most of your valuable time, many tutorial FOSIs are already partially
or fully coded.

To help you hit the ground running, the tutorials are packed with
dozens of
valuable tips
related to FOSI and Arbortext project development, and the FOSI
stylesheets contain lots of
working code you can use and build on for your
own FOSIs.

All of which make the
FOSI Quickstart Tutorials an ongoing resource.

To meet the needs of those who just need a FOSI for Edit window display and
for those who need a FOSI for print/PDF output, the
FOSI Quickstart
Tutorials
are divided into two Parts:

  • FOSI Quickstart Tutorials for Screen FOSIs (Part 1), which cover
    formatting that applies to both the Arbortext Edit window and print/PDF
    output. The tutorials teach the use of the style panels FOSI interface and
    the tagged FOSI interface, and how to use each to best advantage. Order
    these tutorials if you only need to develop screen FOSIs to format
    the  Arbortext Editor Edit window display and do not have a  
    requirement for print/PDF output. [17 tutorials, 129-page workbook]

  • FOSI Quickstart Tutorials for Print FOSIs (Part 1 and Part 2). Part 1
    covers formatting that applies to borh the Arbortext Edit window and
    print/PDF output, and Part 2 covers formatting that applies only to
    print/PDF output. Order these tutorials if you need to develop FOSIs
    for print/PDf as well as FOSIs for display in the Arbortext Editor Edit
    window. [Part 1: 17 tutorials, 129-page workbook; Part 2: 28 tutorials, 150-
    page workbook]

The sections below provide more details.
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FOSI Quickstart Tutorials for Screen FOSIs
FOSI Quickstart Tutorials for Screen FOSIs contains 17 self-paced,
learn-by-doing tutorials, including tutorials that demonstrate basic concepts,
such as inheritance and defaulting, and tutorials that walk you step-by-step
through common coding, such as list numbering and a table of contents.
Attribute-based formatting, Edit window interaction, ACL supplementation,
and hidden tags related to FOSI formatting are also covered. Both the style
panels interface and the tagged FOSI editor are explored.

The
FOSI Quickstart Tutorials for Screen FOSIs workbook includes:

- An introduction to FOSI formatting, with comparisons to CSS, Styler, and
XSL-FO; reference material related to FOSI development; the author's
proven FOSI development methodology; and Arbortext's OutSpec DTD
highlighted for Edit window support.

- A 129-page workbook plus .zip file with custom doctype, tutorial test
documents, starter FOSIs, and completed FOSIs. 10-inch x 8.5-inch
coil-bound workbook. Some tutorials require Arbortext Editor 4.3.1 or later
version.

Order these tutorials if you only need to develop screen FOSIs to
format the display in the Arbortext Editor Edit window and do not
have a  requirement for print/PDF output.
FOSI Quickstart Tutorials for Print FOSIs consists of two parts:

Part 1 covers FOSI formatting that applies to both screen and print FOSIs,
and explores the two FOSI interfaces, as described above.
Part 2 covers
FOSI formatting that applies only to print/PDF output. Since Part 1 tutorials
cover the FOSI interfaces, most Part 2 tutorials provide starter FOSIs with
most or all of the code already in place -- your role is to experiment with the
possibilities.

The Part 2 workbook also includes material related to paper output;
information on Arbortext Editor's formatting support for print/PDF output;
Arbortext's OutSpec DTD highlighted for Edit window and print/PDF support;
and other reference matter.

FOSI Quickstart Tutorials for Print FOSIs include everything you need in
order to develop FOSIs for print/PDF output.
FOSI Quickstart Tutorials for Print FOSIs
  • wants to develop a FOSI as quickly as possible while making the FOSI as
    easy as possible to maintain
  • needs to learn FOSI to make source edits in StylerTM
  • needs to maintain a FOSI developed by someone else
  • is looking for a source of working FOSI code
  • wants to learn the style panels interface with its powerful Resolve feature
  • wants to refresh their knowledge of FOSI and learn all the latest tips and
    tricks
  • wants to know what FOSI can contribute to an Arbortext Editor application
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Part 2 tutorials cover:

  • page layouts
  • portrait, landscape
  • page headers and
    footers
  • "dictionary
    headers"
  • page numbering
  • page columns
  • regions (requires
    5.1 or later version)
  • L-paging, Z-paging
  • vertical justification
  • hyphenation
  • leading
  • word spacing
  • sentence spacing
  • keeps, keep-line
  • side-by-side
  • "short title"
  • hanging titles
  • wraparound
    graphics
  • hanging
    punctuation
  • ruling
  • boxing
  • floating
  • bullet lists
  • number lists
  • admonitions
  • figures
  • tables
  • footnotes
  • table footntoes
  • foldouts
  • intentionally blank
    pages
  • recto blank back
  • verso blank front
  • "next page blank"
  • "Sheet 1 of 3"
  • "Continued"
  • change bars
  • security markings
  • watermarks
  • overlays
  • indexing
  • crop marks
  • front and back
    covers
  • Touchup
  • programming
    pseudo-elements
  • atipl namespace
    markup
Part 2 Tutorials include FOSI code for the
formatting shown in these sample documents
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With the hands-on, self-paced FOSI Quickstart Tutorials, you can get up to
speed on FOSI without  wasting a lot of valuable time on trial and error while
deadlines move closer and closer. The  FOSI tutorials provide an
overview of
everything FOSI can do
-- information not available anywhere else. The
tutorials also provide a
testing environment plus working FOSI code not
available anywhere else
.

After completing the tutorials, the mystery of FOSI will be solved, and you will
understand how FOSI works to format SGML/XML documents. In addition, the
tutorials provide
excellent insight into Arbortext Editor, including the Edit
window display.

The
FOSI Quickstart Tutorials are intended for anyone who:
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Security markings
Z-paging
Learn about  
Preference settings
and environment
variables that affect
FOSI formatting
Start your
FOSI
stylesheet  with
working code
Multiple page layouts
Table footnotes
Equation numbering
150-page workbook with 28 tutorials plus .zip file with custom
doctype, tutorial test documents, starter FOSIs, completed
FOSIs, and PDF output. 10-inch x 8.5-inch coil-bound workbook.
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$66
plus $6.80 shipping & handling
Screen and Print FOSIs
(Part 1 & Part 2)
$125
plus $6.80 shipping &  handling
Screen FOSIs (Part 1)
$66
plus $16 shipping & handling
Screen and Print FOSIs
(Part 1 & Part 2)
$125
plus $16 shipping & handling
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The FOSI Quickstart Tutorials are designed to get you started with FOSI
and then serve as a
continuing resource. The tutorials:
  • introduce everything FOSI can do for screen and print output
  • explore in depth those topics that require more than just an introduction
  • teach the style panels FOSI interface and the tagged FOSI interface,
    and how to use each to best advantage
  • contain tons of tips and tricks and insider info
  • provide a library of working FOSI code
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