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FrameMaker 6: Beyond the Basics

Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. About the Technical Editors
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. A Message from New Riders
  6. Introduction
  7. Planning and Organizing Strategies
    1. Saving Time with Templates
    2. File Management
    3. Adding Graphics from Another Application
    4. Summary
  8. Automatic Text, Tabs, Special Characters, and Graphics
    1. Automatic Text
    2. Automatic Tabs and Special Characters
    3. Automatic Graphics
    4. Creating Lists
    5. Creating Note Text
    6. User Variables in Document Pages
    7. Summary
  9. Automatic Numbering
    1. Some Background on Autonumbering
    2. The Interrelated Parts of an Autonumber Format
    3. Creating a Numbered List
    4. Creating Numbering Based on Chapter Numbers
    5. Creating Section-Based Numbering
    6. A Note on Book File Numbering
    7. Summary
  10. Headers and Footers
    1. Practical Uses
    2. The Home of Headers and Footers
    3. What Headers and Footers Are Made Of
    4. Starting with the Easy Stuff
    5. Working with Fixed Headers and Footers That Rarely Change
    6. Working with Varying Headers and Footers
    7. Using Abbreviated Headings
    8. Summary
  11. Cross-References
    1. Typical Uses of Cross-References
    2. Planning for Cross-References
    3. How Cross-References Work
    4. Understanding the Cross-Reference Window
    5. Cross-Reference to a Subheading
    6. Cross-Reference to a Numbered Figure
    7. Cross-Referencing Other Document Files
    8. Creative Cross-References
    9. Cross-References and Conditional Text
    10. Cross-Referencing in Book Files
    11. Cross-References and PDF or View Only Files
    12. Updating Cross-References
    13. Unresolved Cross-References
    14. Summary
  12. Table Survival Guide
    1. Charting a Clear Course
    2. Basic Table Elements
    3. Working with the Table Designer
    4. Working with Table Anchors
    5. Table Catalog and Paragraph Tags
    6. Changing Table Styles
    7. Using Table Continuation or Table Sheet
    8. Troubleshooting Heading and Footing Rows
    9. Tables and Text
    10. Table Row Controls
    11. Tables for Figure and Caption Placement
    12. Tables as a Solution for Caution Notes
    13. Using Tables for Section Titles on Left and Right Pages
    14. Summary
  13. Combining Documents into Books
    1. Why Build a Book
    2. Overview of a Book File
    3. A Word About Planning
    4. Organizing and Managing Book Files
    5. Going Bookwide
    6. How Numbering Works in a Book
    7. Updating File Information
    8. Solving Book File Errors
    9. Summary
  14. Creating Tables of Contents and Other Lists
    1. Lists, Lists, and More Lists
    2. Looking Inside: How FrameMaker Creates a Table of Contents
    3. Creating a Table of Contents
    4. Making Changes to an Existing Table of Contents
    5. Working with Static Text
    6. Adding Prefixes to Page Numbering
    7. Using Hypertext Links
    8. Using Run-In Heading Formats in a Table of Contents
    9. Ways to Work with a TOC Template
    10. Using Cross-References
    11. Other Helpful Lists
    12. Summary
  15. Indexing
    1. How Indexing Works
    2. Indexing Decisions
    3. Creating Index Entries
    4. Changing Existing Index Entries
    5. Creating an Index List
    6. Adding Prefixes to Page Numbers
    7. Working with Static Text
    8. Working with an Index Template
    9. Summary
  16. Two Versions Within One Document
    1. The Benefits of Conditional Text
    2. How Conditional Text Works
    3. Conditional Text Window De-Mystified
    4. Creating Reviewer-Commented Document
    5. Combining Two Conditional Text Documents
    6. Creating Two Versions Within One Document
    7. Summary
  17. PDF and HTML
    1. Planning Smooth Transitions to PDF and HTML
    2. Converting Documents to PDF
    3. Convert to HTML
    4. Summary
  18. Converting Documents from Other Applications
    1. Using Practical Methods
    2. The Act of Converting Files
    3. Cleaning Up the Mess
    4. Resolving Formatting Issues
    5. Changing Hard-Typed Numbers to Autonumbering
    6. Changing Hard-Typed Bullets to Automatic Bullets
    7. Table Solutions
    8. Dealing with Graphic Irregularities
    9. Cleaning Out the Catalogs
    10. Summary
  19. Typical FrameMaker Headaches
    1. Working with Inherited Templates
    2. Understanding Format Overrides
    3. Working with As Is Checkboxes
    4. Fixing Unresolved Cross-References
    5. Working with Missing Fonts
    6. Solving Book File Errors
    7. Adding Page Number Prefixes in Generated Files
    8. Working with Multiple Page Number Styles in an Index
    9. The Running Headers or Footers Appear Empty
    10. The Table of Contents Contains Empty Lines
    11. Freezing Pagination
    12. Excluding the .fm Extension in a Filename Variable
    13. Fixing Tables Imported from Microsoft Word
    14. Including Running Headers or Footers Across Files
    15. Summary
  20. Glossary