KB0012 - Knowledge Base Article

Article ID: KB0012 - Article Type: FAQ

What's new in TechWriter 2009 for Databases?


Support for SAS
You can now document your SAS datasets with TechWriter. TechWriter 2009 supports SAS 9.0, 9.1 or 9.2. You do not need SAS installed in order to use TechWriter with a SAS dataset, but you do need to have the SAS Local Data Provider installed. You can download this component for free from the SAS website. Click on SAS Providers for OLE DB.

Option to include Table Definitions
You now have the option to include the CREATE TABLE definition statement for each table in your documentation. This option can be turned on and off from the Options tab.

Option to include Table Row Counts
You now have the option to include the number of rows in each table in your documentation. This option can be turned on and off from the Options tab.

Support for Line Breaks in Annotations
TechWriter 2007 recognized blank lines (double line breaks) as paragraph delimiters and ignored single line breaks. TechWriter 2009 now recognizes and preserves single line breaks, treating them like the HTML <BR> tag.

WYSIWYG Annotation Editor
The Annotation Tab includes a WYSIWYG annotation editor for editing your database comments. The editor supports bold and italic font formatting, numbered and bulleted lists and hyperlinks.

XHTML and XML Comments Tagging
TechWriter 2007 supported a subset of JavaDoc tagging that could be used to tag database comments. TechWriter 2009 not only expands the JavaDoc support to include all of the formatting options available in the annotation editor, it also includes support for using XHTML and XML Comments for tagging your comments.

Remarks Section
TechWriter 2009 allows you to create more detailed documentation for your database by including support for a Remarks section that can be embedded as part of your database comments or annotated.

Support for Table Cell Borders in PDF an RTF/Word output formats
In TechWriter 2007, summary tables did not include borders around each cell. With TechWriter 2009 you have the option to turn these borders on from the Output tab.

HTML (single-page) Output Type
In addition to the Web Site (multi-page) output type, TechWriter 2009 also includes the HTML output type that represents the documentation in a single HTML page.

Applies To:
TechWriter for Databases 2009

Created: 11/11/2009 - Last Reviewed: 11/11/2009