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XMetaL Author Enterprise 12.0 is an XML Editor that helps you get to market faster by bringing structure and automation to the process of content creation. Using XML standards such as the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), XMetaL enables authors and contributors to collaborate effectively — and to repurpose higher-value information products into the myriad of languages and formats your customers demand.

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XMetaL Author Enterprise 12.0 allows content creators to efficiently create information that can be re-purposed into the languages and formats demanded by content recipients. JustSystems’ customers can combine XMetaL Author Enterprise with virtually any content management and publishing systems of their choice to deliver a solution that can be used by writers even without XML knowledge.

The 12.0 release is packed with new features including:

  • DITA Subject Scheme-configured authoring experience
    • Authoring experience automatically recognizes Subject Scheme map referenced in DITA map
    • Controlled values appear in the main Attribute Inspector pane and Map Editor Attribute Inspector panes
    • Document validation reports attribute values not allowed by the subject scheme
  • More table editing features for custom table models (previously available only for HTML and CALS tables)
    • Built-in Sort and Fill operations
    • Split and merge cell operations
    • Operations on multi-cell selections
  • New and improved Conditional Text features
    • Modify conditional text settings directly within the software
    • Attach a collection of conditional text settings to a particular DTD
    • Create groups of settings akin to groupings in your DITAVAL files
  • XMetaL Navigator window
    • Move keyboard focus easily between all documents and tool windows
    • Ctrl+Tab shortcut for switching windows
  • Map Editor support for <topicset> and <topicsetref>
    • First-class support for creating <topicset> and <topicsetref> in DITA maps
    • UI to aid in selecting a target <topicset> ID
  • Improved Map Editor keyboard accessibility
    • Tab to move through the various parts of the Map Editor and its adjoining Attribute Inspector
    • Space to invoke a toolbar widget when it has focus
    • Common shortcuts for other actions such as Undo/Redo/Cut/Copy/Paste
  • DITA Open Toolkit updates
    • DITA Open Toolkit v2.4.3 release included; enabled by default
    • DITA OT 2.2.4 and 2.0 also included for customers requiring older versions

These installation notes cover the following XMetaL Author Enterprise installations:

Limited User vs. Local Admin accounts

All installations of XMetaL Author are pre-configured to operate in an environment where end-users are assumed have ‘Limited User’ account privileges. Programs running under such user accounts are normally restricted from writing to Program Files and similar folders along with writing to Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT registry hives. XMetaL Author still has some features that require operating under a Local Admin user account in order to write to the Program Files folder. A prompt will appear warning the user of this restriction.

Features requiring Local Admin privileges

For all installations, features requiring Local Admin privileges (right-click and choose ‘Run as Administrator’) warn the user before proceeding or are disabled.

Here are the features that display a warning:

  • Tools > Select Specialized DITA DTD
  • DITA Configuration: Delete RLX Files macro
  • DITA Configuration: Turn OFF Pretty-Printing macro
  • DITA Configuration: Turn ON Pretty-Printing macro
  • DITA Configuration: Save Copy as Template macro

Regardless of account privileges, the following processes and features are disabled:

  • Drag-and-drop operations to Resource Manager Assets tab
  • Right-click menu does not show Assets tab operations
  • UI for assigning or reassigning shortcut key to an All Users macro

Alternatively, you can use these features by running XMetaL Author in Administrator mode. Follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the XMetaL Author shortcut and choose ‘Run as Administrator’ (Vista) or ‘Run as’ (XP).
  2. Provide login account info of user with administrator privileges.
  3. Run operation requiring administrator privileges.

Note: The disabled features also require you to configure XMetaL Author for Local Admin privileges.

Note: Regardless of being qualified as limited-user or local-administrators, users MUST chose ‘Run as Administrator’ on Windows Vista operating systems. Under Windows operating systems prior to Vista (and its UAC feature), users qualified as a local-administrator are not required doing the ‘Run as’ option.

Configuring XMetaL Author for Local Admin privileges

XMetaL Author Enterprise is installed with the assumption that users have Limited User account privileges under Windows. If you need to set up DITA specializations for your end users, or if you want to enable features that are otherwise disabled for Limited Users you must set the following variable in the XMetaL Author configuration file (xmetal80.ini): user_setting_mode=default Local Admin users very familiar with the product may continue to work with XMetaL Author Enterprise in this mode, however, we recommend that it only be used to accomplish tasks that cannot be done otherwise and that the default setting be restored once these tasks are accomplished. The default setting is the "per-user" mode, which is set as follows: user_setting_mode=per_user