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About this Documentation

This documentation is the user manual delivered with StyleVision. It is available as the built-in Help system of StyleVision, can be viewed online at the Altova website, and can also be downloaded from there as a PDF, which you can print.

 

The user manual is organized into the following sections:

 

An introduction, which explains what an SPS is and introduces the main features and concepts of StyleVision.
A description of the user interface, which provides an overview of the StyleVision GUI.
A tutorial section, which is a hands-on exercise to familiarize you with StyleVision features.
Usage Overview, which describes usage at a high level: for example, schema sources used to create an SPS, the broad design process, Authentic View deployment, and projects.
SPS File Content, which explains how static (stylesheet-originated) and dynamic (XML document-originated) components are created and edited in the SPS.
SPS File Structure, which shows how an SPS file can be structured and modularized, and describes the handling of StyleVision's templates.
SPS File Advanced Features, which describes advanced design features, such as the automatic generation of calculations, the setting up of conditions, grouping and sorting on user-defined criteria, and how to build tables of contents and cross-references in the output document.
SPS File Presentation, which explains how SPS components are formatted and laid out.
SPS File Additional Editing Functionality, which describes a range of additional features that can make your SPS more powerful. These features include: global resources for leveraging functionality in other Altova products, additional validation, scripts, and variables and parameters.
SPS File and Databases, which explains how databases can be used with SPSs.
SPS File and XBRL, which describes how output can be designed for XBRL documents in StyleVision's XBRL View.
Authentic View, which describes how XML documents are edited in Authentic View. The StyleVision GUI contains an Authentic View preview tab, in which you can immediately test the Authentic View output.
Automated Processing, which explains how the generation of output files can be automated.
StyleVision's integration features, which contains the documentation for integrating StyleVision in other applications. There is also information on how to use StyleVision in Visual Studio and Eclipse.
A reference section containing descriptions of all symbols and commands used in StyleVision.
Appendices containing information about the Altova XSLT Engine information and the conversion of DB datatypes to XML Schema datatypes; technical data about StyleVision; and license information.

 

How to use

We suggest you read the Introduction, User Interface and Usage Overview sections first in order to get an overview of StyleVision features and general usage. Doing the tutorial next would provide hands-on experience of creating an SPS. The SPS File sections (SPS File Content, SPS File Structure, SPS File Advanced Features, SPS File Presentation, SPS File Additional Functionality, SPS File and Databases) provide detailed descriptions of how to use various StyleVision features. For subsequent reference, the Reference section provides a concise description of all toolbar icon, design symbols, and menu commands, organized according to toolbar and menu. The Authentic View section provides information about editing in Authentic View.

 

File paths in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

File paths given in this documentation will not be the same for all operating systems. You should note the following correspondences:

 

(My) Documents folder: Located by default at the following locations. Example files are located in a sub-folder of this folder.

 

Windows 7/8/10

C:\Users\<username>\Documents

 

Application folder: The Application folder is the folder where your Altova application is located. The path to the Application folder is, by default, the following.

 

Windows 7/8/10

C:\Program Files\Altova\

32-bit version on 64-bit OS

C:\Program Files (x86)\Altova\

 

Note:        StyleVision is also supported on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Platform Update or newer.

 

Support options

Should you have any question or problem related to StyleVision, the following support options are available:

 

1.Check the Help file (this documentation). The Help file contains a full text-search feature, besides being fully indexed.
2.Check the FAQs and Discussion Forum at the Altova Website.
3.Contact Altova's Support Center.

 

Commonly used abbreviations

The following abbreviations are used frequently in this documentation:

 

SPS: StyleVision Power Stylesheet
DB: Database
CSS: Cascading Style Sheets
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

 

 


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