Tech Write Tips

October 27, 2006

Flare 8 – XML Editor

Filed under: Madcap Flare,Navigation,Technology,Tip — AndyR @ 12:20 pm

Now that I’m getting more at home with Flare’s XML editor, and things are holding together better, and performing a lot faster, I thought it would be useful to give a run down of some the of intricacies.

The following are useful in the non-tag view:

Red control box: Appears when you highlight a section of text. Hover to expand, then left click to access the quick copy and paste menu.


Yellow control box: Appears at the start of a tag section. Hover to expand, then left click to access the advanced tag editing menu.


Tag Start: Cursor signifies the start of a xhtml tag.


Tag Middle: Cursor signifies you are within an xhtml tag and can edit the contents.


Tag End: Cursor signifies the end of a xhtml tag.


Tag Between: Cursor signifies you are between tags. Type to enter text into the parent tag.


Tag Before – Level 1: Cursor size signifies you are in the first of a series of nested tags.


Tag Before – Level 2: Cursor size signifies you are in the second of a series of nested tags.


Tag Before – Level 3: Cursor size signifies you are in the third of a series of nested tags.


There we have it. Hopefully these details will de-mysitfy this great little editor. I just need to talk mouse pointers now.


  1. This is excellent reference material. Thanks so much!

    Comment by dgc — October 27, 2006 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  2. Had no idea why the cursor was flickering directions.

    Comment by claydevin — October 31, 2006 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  3. Thank you! This overview is better than the one in the Flare Help. I never noticed that it did change size.

    Comment by RamonS — October 31, 2006 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  4. Andy, you’re the greatest!

    Comment by Trent the Thief — November 3, 2006 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  5. Andy, This is a great Article, and I thank you for allowing us to make a Knowledge Base Article about it, You are a Great Resource for The Flare community.

    Here’s a Link to our Knowledge Base Article

    Richard Ferell
    Technical Support Lead
    Madcap Software

    Comment by Richard Ferrell — December 1, 2006 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  6. No worries.

    Comment by techwritetips — December 1, 2006 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  7. […] (2) didn’t really give the software a fair chance (he’s puzzled over things that are easy to explain, like the cursors), and (3) angry that MadCap didn’t give him a free copy after beta […]

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