We all know that creating document transformation projects is complex. That’s why Actuate, in the 5.1 release of the Actuate Customer Communication Suite, has made improvements motivated to make the job of Document Transform Developer a lot easier. This release includes a number of new features and enhancements that can considerably reduce not only the time and complexity involved in creating a new BIRT Document Transform project, but also the effort it takes to put it into production.
Page Layout Auto-Detection
Introduced in this release is the ability to auto-detect page layout elements when creating a document template. When defining a document template, developers will now be prompted as to whether they would like the BIRT Process Designer to auto-detect its sections. Choosing to do so will provide a dialog that allows them to specify some basic criteria, be it rows, columns, one single section, or a grid, and the number of such sections to attempt to detect. The Process Designer will then make a best effort attempt to find them, giving the developer the task of only having to make fine-tuning adjustments to what was found. Similarly, once sections exist, the developer can make use of the new Field Detection capability within each section also based on criteria such as rows, columns, a grid, and the number of fields to detect. When creating tables, the Process Designer now has the capability to auto-detect table columns, saving the developer the time it would take to select them individually. Together, these functions save considerable time over having to draw bounding boxes individually for each section and field in a document.
XFT Field Technology
Some enhancements to our XFT Field Technology have also been made to enhance the capability of processing document contents.
Table support has been enhanced in two significant ways. New row breakers have been added to differentiate rows within a table based on a specific character, or changes in indentation or font, complementing the several row breakers already available in prior versions. This enhancement is based on how tables are used in real world documents.
Tables can now be joined across multiple pages, rather than having split tables treated as multiple separate entities, a feature that is useful when generating XML output or tagging for accessibility, enabling a more appropriate data flow experience.
Defining of section coordinates using locators has been improved. Developers now have more fine-tuning control over how multiple locators define the boundaries of sections, and tables and fields within them, by setting rules within the XFT Field Technology parameters.
Also, locators can now treat repeating sections as separate entities rather than joining them as one, and when a locator finds a new section, it now closes off the previous section.
When handling images and other page elements, developers now have the ability to tag these only once, allowing images used as content to be tagged as content on their first occurrence, and then treated as artifacts thereafter. This is useful for documents that are branded with a corporate logo, where you would only want that information to be acknowledged on the first occurrence when reading it aloud as tagged accessible content.
These improvements to the Actuate Customer Communication Suite provide a more robust, yet simplified experience for the Document Transform Developer. Get your sophisticated Document Transform projects up and running in less time with CCS 5.1.
To take advantage of these new capabilities, we encourage existing customers to obtain the Actuate Customer Communication Suite 5.1 upgrade through Actuate Licensing. Customers may review more detailed product information by reviewing release documentation available from the Actuate Customer Support portal. Prospective customers may request product information by emailing email@example.com or their Actuate Account Representative.