Re: Framemaker Book Files

Subject: Re: Framemaker Book Files
From: Chris <cud -at- telecable -dot- es>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2002 11:20:32 +0100

First, I would go over to the FrameUsers list - Tom Neuburger actually contributes there. Sceond, not knowing Word very well, I would guess the answer to your question, "Are Maker books like Word Reference Documents?" is roughly yes and no. A book is what you use to collect files together and treat them as a unit. Typically, each chapter is a separate file in the book, although you can split large chapters into several files. You add a yet other separate files to the book for a TOC, Index, or any other generated list - you should be able to find the generated list types in your materials. From the book, you then "generate" these lists, update all numbering, update xrefs and imported text, etc.
The way a TOC or list presents the generated material is determined by the usual formatting procedures, plus some codes you put on a reference page. Again, your materials should help you untangle all that. Once you get it set up, it's very powerful and very stable.

6.0 made significant changes in book *behavior*, but the concept remains the same. The book window is more modern (draggy, you can change file names from the window, buttons on the window to perform actions, etc.). Also, the numbering has changed a bit - 6.0 offers volume and chapter numbering, as well as page, paragraph, and other numbering. Setting up your numbering might be difficult to decipher from a 6.0 book. Finally, in 6.0 you can do things like search and spell-check an entire book - that's new. Otherwise, you should find the 6.0 materials useful for your 5.5 version.

About changing filenames for the chapters in a book... In 5.5.6 or earlier that's a difficult thing to do. You can't just go and change a filename because all xrefs and hypertext links to that file from other files in the book will break. In 6.0 you can change the filename, and Maker fixes all the links. If you will do alot with books, that's worth the price of the upgrade by itself. Also, you can create smaller PDF in 6.0, if that's an issue for you.

Hope this helps... But really, you'd be overwhelmed with answers if you subscribed to the FrameUsers list - I strongly reccommend it.

Chris Despopoulos, maker of CudSpan Freeware...
Plugins to Enhance FrameMaker & FrameMaker+SGML
cud -at- telecable -dot- es

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