RE: Framemaker Book Files

Subject: RE: Framemaker Book Files
From: Michele Marques <MarquesM -at- autros -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 10:47:32 -0500

Steve asks:

> 1. In MS Word, you can create a file for each chapter and then use the
> "Reference Document" command to create a Table of Contents and Index
> for each of the Chapter Files.

> Is Framemaker's Book File Feature basically the same concept as Word's -
> does it accomplish the same thing?

In MS Word, if you are using the "Reference Document" command, my
understanding is that you are manually creating a table of contents (or
index), but using RD links so that when the headers change to different
pages (or perhaps the text of the headers changes), the table of contents
will be updated.

In FrameMaker, you have separate chapter files. You create a book file and
specify which chapter files (in which order) appear in the book. Then you
can also add "generated" files, such as the table of contents and index.

For the table of contents, you specify which paragraph styles (corresponding
to heading levels) should be listed in the TOC. Then whenever you "generate"
the book, FrameMaker will automatically pick up all the paragraphs of the
selected styles and their page numbers to include in the table of contents.

The first time you generate the TOC it will not be formatted as you want.
Check the manual for the details on formatting, but this only has to be done
once.

An index is not necessarily easier in FrameMaker than using RD in Word. The
Index is automatically generated (if you added an Index to the book), but it
is picking up all the index markers you inserted in the chapter files.

Others have already responded to your questions about 5.5.6 and 6.0
differences.
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