Does this sound familiar? You are waiting for your next appointment in your calendar and want to make use of the time by quickly surfing the web. But the content of the opened sites is extending beyond the display and requires zooming or moving to be able to see it at all.
This is due to the fact that many websites do not yet provide a special version for mobile devices. Two years ago the IT sector’s solution for this problem was HTML5. A development of – you might be guessing it – HTML4, however with expanded semantic tagging and the possibility of using one’s own attributes. This makes it possible to adapt websites to various display sizes – responsive design is the magic word here – and prohibits display problems on tablets and smart phones. In a technical environment and in manufacturing, this problem becomes more and more important because of the increasing use of tablets and smart phones in the professional world. Therefore HTML5 support has been integrated in the new ST4 version 2014.
What does this mean for the ST4 user? It enables production of content in the HTML5 layout which is based on the HTML Framework Bootstrap V3.1.1. The exported files are available in the Bootstrap format and use the respective Bootstrap style sheets and scripts. The output format is denoted as HTML in the properties during production. The usual options like target language, variants or layout style sheets can be adapted as before. If no individualized style sheets or layouts are used, the style sheets existing in Bootstrap serve as style templates. The published document is then also completely available as an HTML page incl. CSS, scripts and graphics.
Additionally on the web many extensions, templates and themes are available which make it possible to optimally customize the functioning of the system to one’s own demands. By using Bootstrap, compared to the use of proprietary layout denotations in HTML, the biggest possible compatibility to common web technologies (browsers) is achieved. So the options in ST4 become even more flexible and increasingly comfortable.
Responsive Design – What is that?
What does “responsive design” mean exactly? Responsive Design adapts the displayed content to the various use characteristics of mobile devices, like having navigation bars that slide to the top or the side and will only become visible again by clicking a symbol (dropdown menu, off canvas). Responsive Design makes operating mobile devices easier for the user.
ST4 2014 productions can also be output directly in the Microsoft Help Viewer 2.x format. Directly creating help pages from an ST4 system is immensely simplified by this. Moreover a direct production in the SCHEMA Content Delivery Server is also possible so that help pages and documents are available everywhere for mobile devices.
With the new version ST4 2014, the content can easily and effectively be output as HTML5. The simultaneous provision of content for conventional screens and mobile devices is made possible by a new production. Thus ST4 enables a quick adaptation of your documentation to modern requirements.