Common Questions: Change Markup

All of the standard change markup functions are supported OOTB in Arbortext Editor and publishable through Arbortext Styler or Publishing Engine

This week’s topic: Change Markup

Change markup has traditionally been something that you had to implement yourself in XML publishing. Arbortext supports typical change markup behavior in the standard document types, and with a small amount of configuration for custom doctypes.

All of the standard change markup functions are supported OOTB in Arbortext Editor and publishable through Arbortext Styler or Publishing Engine. OOTB, you have support for Add, Delete, Modify. You can highlight changes, accept changes, and reject changes. You can even compare documents.

When combined with Arbortext Content Manager (ACM), you get the ability to add baselines to documents, to version, to create snapshots in time. You can recreate document output at any point in the document’s history and know that you’re producing today exactly what you froze then.

Today, we’re answering some of the more common and general questions about change markup content in Arbortext. You might want to read the article on reviewing content in XML or consult one of the related articles listed at the bottom of this post.

As always, if you have a question that we haven’t answered or if you want more details, remember to send us your questions or add them to the comments!

Question: Highlighting

Can a writer highlight specific parts of a draft for review?



Question: Comparing Files

Does the ACM have a diff function?


Comparisons between source files are handled in the Arbortext Editor not ACM.

Question: x

We would like to know the detailed specification regarding tags for change tracking. What tags does ACM insert into the XML file?


ACM does not insert anything with regard to the change tracking functionality.

Change tracking is handled in Arbortext Editor. Change tracking supports the usual features — Add, Delete, Changed. You can highlight changes and accept or reject changes.

Question: Review comments

How are review comments incorporated into the source?


Through the Change Markup mechanism

(You might also be interested in the article we wrote previously about reviewing content in XML.)

Question: Change Tracking

Can you simply click Accept/Reject/Modify?



Change tracking happens as expect in most normal editing applications: Add, Delete, Changed, Highlight changes, Accept Changes, Reject changes, compare documents.. All of these are standard OOTB with Arbortext.

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Liz Fraley has founded two companies, sits on the boards of three non-profits, and is constantly coming up with new ways to share knowledge in the technical communications and content industries.