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EmilMeindl Bronze 32 posts since
Jun 9, 2011
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Mar 6, 2012 9:04 AM

How do you prevent conrefs from updating?

How do you prevent conrefs from updating automatically when the source topic is revised or updated?

 

I would like to use content references for Standard Warning Text but I don't want the generated text in the conrefs to automatically update when the source element is updated.

  • ptc-925309 Bronze 60 posts since
    Dec 26, 2011
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    Mar 6, 2012 8:34 PM (in response to EmilMeindl)
    Re: How do you prevent conrefs from updating?

    Hi Emil,

    I don't know the answer to this one. If you don't get an answer here, or if you're in a hurry, your best bet is to join the Adepters mailing list where lots and lots of Arbortext users, admins, and developers hang out 24/7/366 (it is a leap year, you know!). Information on joining that list (as well as pointers to lots of other Arbortext resources) can be found here:

     

    http://blog.single-sourcing.com/top-arbortext-resources

     

    Good luck!

  • ptc-780844 Silver 274 posts since
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    Mar 7, 2012 1:56 AM (in response to EmilMeindl)
    Re: How do you prevent conrefs from updating?

    Do you want to be able to manually control when to update each conref? Or you don't need to update conrefs at all?

      • Copper 6 posts since
        Mar 14, 2012
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        Mar 14, 2012 8:21 AM (in response to EmilMeindl)
        Re: How do you prevent conrefs from updating?

        Hi Emil,

         

        It sounds like you need to consider versioning and profiling.

         

        You could set an attribute value on the warnings, and then filter the correct version during output.

         

        BRs,

        Anne

      • ptc-780844 Silver 274 posts since
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        Mar 19, 2012 6:00 AM (in response to EmilMeindl)
        Re: How do you prevent conrefs from updating?

        "I need conrefs to update when we are authoring new manuals" - how do you (and Arbortext) know if a manual is currently "authored" or already "published/released"? Is there a special attribute and/or other sign?

         

        You could try to achieve this with attributes/profiles, as Anne suggests, but this could quickly become quite complex. You'd have to track at warnings' content changes and store which version was "actual" when a document was published.

        Also, I suppose, in some cases you may want to update conref'ed text.

         

        I'd say you should consider getting a CMS - Content Management System. You could start with Subversion (it's free and well-known). Or could contact PTC for it's own CMS system. Also, Arbortext has adapters to CMSs from other vendors.

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