FrameMaker - "templates" vs. "model doc"

Subject: FrameMaker - "templates" vs. "model doc"
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "Richard Combs" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, "Robart, Kay" <Kay -dot- Robart -at- tea -dot- state -dot- tx -dot- us>, "techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 08:47:15 -0700

Yes, I use FrameMaker "templates" as Kay and Richard have described: my
FrameMaker "templates" are actually just "model" docs -- regular ole
FrameMaker .fm files that I use as the starting point for new projects.
And if I want to update the "template", I update the "model" .fm doc, and
then in each existing .fm file I import the formats from the updated model
file.

Don't know why I didn't use the right terminology -- I'm always explaining
to people who refer to Word templates when they really mean a model .doc
file what the difference is between an actual Word .dot template and a
regular .doc file that functions as a "model doc". I guess because the
Word discussions are usually with non-Pubs people, while the FrameMaker
discussions are with Tech Pubs writers who "know what I mean" :-).

Excellent distinction you two have pointed out!

-Monique



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