Q: FrameMaker: Disconnected Pages: Appropriate Use

Subject: Q: FrameMaker: Disconnected Pages: Appropriate Use
From: "Trese, Timothy G." <Timothy -dot- G -dot- Trese -at- SAICSeals -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 16:20:06 -0500

I've noticed the subject of disconnected pages in Frame can cause
otherwise stalwart writers to behave like abused doggies who see a
rolled-up newspaper coming. It's not that I blame them; I've had my
share of spankings trying to "reconnect pages" as well. But I think I
have a situation that calls for disconnected pages, and I just want to
make sure there isn't a better way before I try to sell it to my doc
team. Here's the situation:

An anchored-frame figure appears on a left-hand page, followed by a
multi-page table which is supposed to appear only on right-hand pages.
The idea is that the technician can turn to any page of the table and
refer back and forth between the figure and the table by holding up any
intervening pages, or bending them down, or whatever. Get it? The blank
left-hand pages that back the table must have printed on them, in
time-honored military tradition, "THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK."

What's a Framer to do? The practice around here has been to break up the
table into individual tables, but that strikes me as inelegant and a
time-waster, because every time you edit the content of the table, you
have to monkey with the rows to get it to paginate correctly. Is this
not a situation that calls for inserting disconnected right-hand pages
with the "INTENTIONALLY BLANK" master as one of the last steps before
building the book, or am I asking for trouble? Is there a better way to
do this that has escaped me?

Tim Trese
Documentation Specialist

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