RE: FrameMaker - "templates" vs. "model doc"

Subject: RE: FrameMaker - "templates" vs. "model doc"
From: "Robart, Kay" <Kay -dot- Robart -at- tea -dot- state -dot- tx -dot- us>
To: <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>, "Richard Combs" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, "techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 10:56:44 -0500

Hmmm. Well, does that mean you are reusing the model document and just
replacing screen shots? Because I don't understand why using formats
would affect any images at all, unless these are images that are on the
master page, and then that should only be a few images, I assume. Images
within the document should always just point to where you put them in
the first place.

However, one of the things that I do is always keep an images folder for
a document in the same folder as that document. That is because I use a
version management system, and this makes me remember that I always need
to keep the images with the document.

I have to admit that I don't keep a model. I just use formats from the
last document I worked on to start the next one. Since I always follow
my style guide, I can use formats from any similar document.

-----Original Message-----
From: Monique Semp [mailto:monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net]
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2010 10:47 AM
To: Richard Combs; Robart, Kay; techwr-l
Subject: FrameMaker - "templates" vs. "model doc"

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,
then in each existing .fm file I import the formats from the updated

Don't know why I didn't use the right terminology -- I'm always
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!



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