Re: Framemaker Attributes vs. Conditional Text

Subject: Re: Framemaker Attributes vs. Conditional Text
From: David Knopf <dklists -at- knopf -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 06:39:16 -0800

on 3/14/2005 9:37 AM martin_riddle -at- yahoo -dot- com wrote:


I posted a question last week about how to produce PDF deliverables for
small chunks of a large Framemaker book using element attributes. I still
haven't figured out how to do this, so I thought I'd ask a slightly
different, more specific question.

Has anybody on the list used element attributes in Structured FrameMaker
as an alternative to conditional text? Is it possible to show and hide
text based not on conditional text settings, but based on values held by
element attributes. If so, I'd love to discuss how you implemented this.

Yes. Attribute-driven effectivity is far more robust, flexible, and scalable than anything you can implement with conditional text. However, out of the box, FrameMaker does not give you everything you need to make it work. You need to a look at a third-party tool like FrameSLT or look at implementing a solution based on FrameScript or an FDK client.


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