Selecting Your Output Formats
ePublisher supports many output formats and you can implement many powerful features in your online content. Some output formats are designed to support specific use cases and environments. In addition, some features are available only in certain output formats. For more information about using various features in a specific output format, see “Features Available in Each Output Format” on page 9.
You need to consider your goals, the environment where your online content will be used, and the features you want to use in your content to decide which output format is best:
To deliver a full-featured online help system with a navigation pane, content pane, full-text search, and other common help features, ePublisher provides several help-related output formats. For more information about selecting the output format to meet your specific requirements, see “Selecting Your Help Format” on page 45.
To deliver web-based content, ePublisher provides several web-based output formats. For more information about selecting the output format to meet your specific requirements, see “Selecting Your Web Content Format” on page 45.
To deliver a file that is easy to download and print, consider generating either the PDF or PDF - XSL-FO output format for this purpose. Both formats will generate a resulting PDF, however the PDF - XSL-FO output format provides a complete capability for customizing and/or controlling the style and layout of the generated PDF.
To integrate your content with an XML-based solution or a company process that needs XML input, consider generating the XML+XSL output format.
To deliver a file that can be read with one of the eBook reader solutions, consider generating the Microsoft Reader or Palm Reader output format for this purpose.