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HTML to MadCap Flare by Peter Lavin

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Appendix A. Using Apache Ant with Flare

When you have a number of scripts that manipulate topic files or perform maintenance tasks, keeping track of their names and command-line options can be a challenge. Apache Ant, an open-source command-line tool written in Java, can make it easier to manage your scripts and automate conversion and other scripted tasks.

Ant is typically used to build Java applications, but it can serve equally well to manage the scripts described in this book. To use Ant, you create a build file that defines a set of targets. Each target captures the commands and options you want to execute for a particular task. Then, you execute the ant command, naming the target you want to execute.

A.1. Installing Ant

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