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  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7357-1108-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7357-1108-2

Framemaker 6: Beyond the Basics discusses holistic approaches that save time, solve problems globally, and make creative uses of FrameMaker's features. Since FrameMaker is intended for large document creation, this approach is advantageous, even critical. Through real-world scenarios, the book explores typical tasks technical document creators perform daily. Each chapter provides principles and techniques needed to perform each task, along with tips on best practices and how to achieve repeatable outcomes. Rather than covering everything about the software, the book focuses on the challenges FrameMaker users face, helping them apply efficient, innovative solutions.

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Index of Figures.

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1. Planning and Organizing Strategies.

Saving Time with Templates. File Management.

2. Automatic Text, Tabs, Special Characters, and Graphics.

Automatic Text. Automatic Tabs and Special Characters. Automatic Graphics. Creating Lists. Creating Note Text. User Variables in Document Pages.

3. Automatic Numbering.

Some Background on Autonumbering. Creating a Numbered List. Creating SectionBased Numbering. A Note on Book File Numbering.

4. Headers and Footers.

Practical Uses. The Home of Headers and Footers. What Headers and Footers Are Made Of. Starting with the Easy Stuff. Working with Fixed Headers and Footers That Rarely Change. Working with Varying Headers and Footers. Using Abbreviated Headings.

5. CrossReferences.

Typical Uses of CrossReferences. Planning for CrossReferences. How CrossReferences Work. Understanding the CrossReference Window. CrossReference to a Subheading. CrossReference to a Numbered Figure. CrossReferencing Other Document Files. Creative CrossReferences. CrossReferences and Conditional Text. CrossReferencing in Book Files. CrossReferences and PDF or View Only Files. Updating CrossReferences.

6. Table Survival Guide.

Charting a Clear Course. Basic Table Elements. Working with the Table Designer. Working with Table Anchors. Table Catalog and Paragraph Tags. Changing Table Styles. Troubleshooting Heading and Footing Rows. Tables and Text. Table Row Controls. Tables for Figure and Caption Placement. Tables as a Solution for Caution Notes. Using Tables for Section Titles on Left and Right Pages.

7. Combining Documents into Books.

Why Build a Book. Overview of a Book File. A Word About Planning. Organizing and Managing Book Files. Going Bookwide. How Numbering Works in a Book. Updating File Information. Solving Book File Errors.

8. Creating Tables of Contents and Other Lists.

Lists, Lists, and More Lists. Looking Inside: How FrameMaker Creates a Table of Contents. Creating a Table of Contents. Making Changes to an Existing Table of Contents. Working with Static Text. Adding Prefixes to Page Numbering. Using Hypertext Links. Using RunIn Heading Formats in a Table of Contents. Ways to Work with a TOC Template. Using CrossReferences. Other Helpful Lists.

9. Indexing.

How Indexing Works. Indexing Decisions. Creating Index Entries. Changing Existing Index Entries. Creating an Index List. Adding Prefixes to Page Numbers. Working with Static Text. Working with an Index Template.

10. Two Versions Within One Document.

The Benefits of Conditional Text. How Conditional Text Works. Conditional Text Window DeMystified. Creating ReviewerCommented Document. Combining Two Conditional Text Documents.

11. PDF and HTML.

Planning Smooth Transitions to PDF and HTML. Convert to HTML.

12. Converting Documents from Other Applications.

Using Practical Methods. The Act of Converting Files. Cleaning Up the Mess. Resolving Formatting Issues. Changing HardTyped Numbers to Autonumbering. Changing HardTyped Bullets to Automatic Bullets. Table Solutions. Dealing with Graphic Irregularities. Cleaning Out the Catalogs.

13. Typical FrameMaker Headaches.

Working with Inherited Templates. Understanding Format Overrides. Working with As Is Checkboxes. Fixing Unresolved CrossReferences. Working with Missing Fonts. Solving Book File Errors. Adding Page Number Prefixes in Generated Files. Working with Multiple Page Number Styles in an Index. The Running Headers or Footers Appear Empty. The Table of Contents Contains Empty Lines. Freezing Pagination. Excluding the .fm Extension in a Filename Variable. Fixing Tables Imported from Microsoft Word. Including Running Headers or Footers Across Files.




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