RE: Inserting images in Framemaker

Subject: RE: Inserting images in Framemaker
From: "Shenton, David (DTRN)" <david -dot- shenton -at- smithsdetection -dot- com>
To: "Stacia Marlett" <smarlett -at- digitalriver -dot- com>, "Spreadbury, David" <david -dot- spreadbury -at- tellabs -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 11:48:11 -0600

One thing you should take into account when placing an anchor on the same line, (conditional text). If you are using conditional text and the anchor ends up in the middle of it all. Oh.. lets say you want to delete the line but keep the graphic and forget the anchor is on the same line...whammo graphic gone...bin there, done that.

For this reason I always keep my 2pt anchors on a separate line, this also gives me a certain amount of spacing between graphic and text.

That's my reasoning


-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+david -dot- shenton=smithsdetection -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+david -dot- shenton=smithsdetection -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Stacia Marlett
Sent: July 24, 2006 1:31 PM
To: Spreadbury, David; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Inserting images in Framemaker

Hi David,

Ha, yes, I should have thought of that myself. I just had no answer to the question, "what's the point of putting it on a separate line?"

Thanks for your input!


-----Original Message-----
From: Spreadbury, David [mailto:david -dot- spreadbury -at- tellabs -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 12:25 PM
To: Stacia Marlett; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Inserting images in Framemaker

I am willing to bet, and I'm not a betting person, the majority of responses are going to be "What ever works best for you."

Personally, I have always put the anchor on a separate line, both in Unstructured (which is what it sounds like you are using) and in Structured Frame.

I went to a very popular book on FrameMaker, The Complete Reference, FrameMaker 7, by Sarah O'Keefe and Shiela Loring. The examples they show (page 303) all indicate putting the anchor in the same line as the text.

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From: techwr-l-bounces+david -dot- spreadbury=tellabs -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
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] On Behalf Of Stacia Marlett
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 12:12 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Inserting images in Framemaker

Hello everyone,

I've got a really basic best practices Frame question, about inserting images. I was always taught (by STC-award-winning tech writers) that the anchor for an image belongs on its own line. However, I've seen people place the anchor on the same line as the text before the image (whether that's the caption or just text), but I've never understood that. To me, it's easier to see and grab the marker if it's on its own line, plus the image can get too close to the text. It's just messier to me.

I've typically worked with templates (built by me and others) that use an anchor paragraph style. For example, the template I'm updating now has captions at the top and the anchor style (a 2-pt style) as the next paragraph. My co-worker doesn't get why this is useful, and I don't get why the other way is any better.

Is there a best practices method for inserting images in Framemaker?


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