Re: Draft then Tag, or Tag while Drafting?

Subject: Re: Draft then Tag, or Tag while Drafting?
From: Peter Gold <peter -at- highsoft -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 16:06:47 -0500

I'd like to correct the information in several responses about tagging in FrameMaker's structured authoring environments (either FM+SGML 5.x, 6.7, or structured interface in FM7). It's not as rigid as described.

Regardless of the structure definitions in the EDD (Element Definition Document, FM's counterpart to an SGML or XML Document Type Definition, or DTD), it's possible to change the behavior of the element catalog so that you can work as you prefer.

Use Element > Set Available Elements > All Elements to show all elements in the element catalog, whether valid at the current insertion point location, or not. You can tag as you prefer, such as heading after heading after heading, even if this is not valid. Later, you can fill in the child elements required for both your thought structure and correct element structure.

You can even tag one paragraph-level element and press Enter/Return for each subsequent paragraph you need, as your thoughts flow, then reset the Element > Set Available Elements feature to display only valid elements, to guide you to proper retagging later.


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At 10:37 AM -0500 4/7/03, Jim Bennett wrote:

I am new to drafting structured documents. Do those of you who draft
structured documents prefer to draft the document unstructured and then
go back and tag it, or do you prefer to insert the tags as you go?

So far I've found that thinking about tagging really interferes with my
creative concentration for the drafting process.

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