Smart Content Designer User Guide

Define Smart Content Schema

A content model (smart content schema) outlines the building blocks of a document to provide a base for a publishing template. You can create a content model in the Quark Publishing Platform NextGen server based on the intended output.

This user guide explains the process for a content model with the following structure:

  • Brief: An introductory text section.

  • Data Size: A section that contains text, tables, and charts.

  • Sections: One or more text sections that may also contain tables, images, or charts.

  • About Research: A text section that contains information about the research background.

  • About Team: A text section that contains information about the team that conducted the research.

  • About Publication: A text section that contains information about the publication.

See the 2-page sample intended output.

Create a Content Type

Before you create a content model, you must ensure that your Quark Publishing Platform NextGen server already has a content type to which you can assign your content model.

To create a content type: 

  1. Login to your Quark Publishing Platform NextGen server and go to the Admin tab.

  2. In the left pane, select the tab Content Types. 

  3. Select a structured document type and then select the button + New Content Type.

  4. Enter the name of your content type and then select the button Create and Continue to create the content type.

Create a Content Model

To create a content model based on the intended output described earlier:

  1. Go to the Admin tab.

  2. Under the left pane tab Content Models, select Models, expand the + New button in the top bar actions, and then select the option New Content Model to open the pane in which you can create a new content model.

  3. In the window that opens, enter the following information:

    1. Name: The content model name.

    2. Display Name: If you want to display a different name for the content model on the user interface.

    3. Type: QPP NextGen automatically generates a value for this field based on the value you provide in the field Name. QPP NextGen uses this value instead of the name to refer to a content model at the back end.

    4. Section Properties: Metadata (for example, Creation Date, Modification Date, Business Unit, Authors, and so on) for the documents based on the content model. 

      Smart Content Designer also allows you to use the metadata that you define for a document or its section as content in the publishing outputs. More on this in the section ahead Box-tagging for Content Flow > Metadata as Content
    5. Label & Title: Under this field, you can define the default title, body, and placeholder text for the document. 

      The rest of the fields (Paragraph, Tags. Region, Table, and so on) are the building blocks of a document, which are available for all content models by default. For each of these building blocks, you can define a set of metadata, which is separate from the document. Additionally, based on the type of the building block, you can define other properties as well. For example, for paragraphs, apart from metadata, you can also define the type of paragraphs that you want to include in your content model. 
  4. Link the content model to a content type through the following steps:

    1. Select the button Update Content Type Link to open the pane Link with Content Type

    2. In the pane Link with Content Type, select the checkbox Represent Content Model with Content Type to expand the list of content types. 

    3. Select a content type and then select the checkbox Create Content Type Under <Selected content type>.

    4. Select the button Ok to close the pane Link with Content Type

  5. Add the structural sections (Brief, Data Size, and so on) as children of your model from the top bar action + New Child and provide the values of the same fields as in step 3 with one additional field Occurrence, in which you can define how many times the section can appear in the structure. 

    You can also add an already available section/model on the server as a child of your model through the button + Add Existing Child.

    Additionally, you can also delete a child you have added through the button Remove Child.
  6. After you have added all the structural sections to your model, configure the building blocks of these sections as you do for a content model title (parent node). 

  7. After you have added and configured all the structural sections of your model, select the button Save

Create a Document based on Your Content Model

To create a document based on your content model:

  1. Go to the Author tab of Quark Publishing Platform NextGen.

  2. In the section Create New, select the button See All to open the page New Document, which lists all the content types available on your Quark Publishing Platform NextGen server.

  3. Select the content type that you have created for your content model (UG Sample Report, in this case).

  4. Double-click on the blank document.

  5. Select the button Create on the next screen.

  6. Quark Publishing Platform NextGen opens a blank document with a structure based on the schema you defined in your content model.

  7. Fill the document with information (text, images, charts, and so on) based on your requirements.

For more information on the authoring canvas feature of Quark Publishing Platform NextGen, see the Quark Publishing Platform NextGen User Guide