Re: indexing markers in FrameMaker--deleting globally

Subject: Re: indexing markers in FrameMaker--deleting globally
From: Joanne Sprott <afterwords -at- aweditorial -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 22:34:30 -0500

Many thanks to Fred Ridder and Stuart Burnfield for the IXgen
recommendation for working with FrameMaker indexes. I knew about this
add-on already, but, alas, I am forced to work this project on a
Macintosh, and from what I see at the IXgen website, he didn't build the
program to work with the Mac OS. And I don't have the option to use
Windows on a Mac or anything--highly customized hardware and software to
accommodate FrameMaker 6 using OS9 on an OSX Mac.

Oh, and Stuart, I had tried your Find/Change recommendation the other
day and didn't think it actually deleted the marker box, only made the
text disappear, but I was working with individual markers then. When I
tried the Change All option on a chapter, it made all the index markers
disappear quite nicely, so I shall use this method.

I solve the problem of multiple editing passes to the markers by
creating the entire index as a standalone document using my professional
indexing software (fast and easy). Then I have the thing all structured
the way I want with all the terms consistent. Then I put it into page
number order and export it to Word, where I change the format of the
index entries so they look like the marker text (colons between mains
and subs, etc.). I then go through the doc page by page and paste the
marker text in. The resulting index is generally perfect or near-perfect
on the first generation of the index file.

IXgen would still help, but I'll have to wait for a Windows client to
try that out.

Thanks again,

Joanne

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Stuart Burnfield wrote:
> **Hi Joanne -
>
> You can find the index markers and change them to 'null', in effect
> deleting them.
> In the Find/Change dialog box:
>
> Find: Marker of Type: Index
> Change: To Text: <== leave empty
>
> [Change All]
>
> I second the recommendation for IXgen. It should more than pay for
> itself when you come to edit your new index.
>
> Stuart
>
> Joanne Sprott said:
> I'm working a multi-document project where I'm embedding the index
> markers in the client's FrameMaker docs. I'm afraid that most of the
> extant index markers are useless for me (no offense to all you tech
> writers out there, but most of these indexes were left unedited, so lots
> of inconsistencies exist--better to just start over), so I'd like to
> delete them all globally. Is there any way to delete all the index
> markers at once (not just the text inside them, but the markers themselves).
>
> So far, Help indicates that I have to go to each marker in each chapter,
> highlight it and delete it individually. This seems an extremely
> cumbersome process, so, before I give up and do it the hard way, I
> thought I'd ask.
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