RE: FrameMaker 10/Adobe Acrobat Question

Subject: RE: FrameMaker 10/Adobe Acrobat Question
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2012 12:11:05 -0400

For years, I have had a Figure style and a Figure Caption style unless I was forced to use a template without them.

Then I made my List of Figures link to the Figure style (where the figure was located) and not the Figure Caption style.

I also used this to eliminate that nasty occurrence of a figure being on one page and the caption on the next by making the Figure style a Keep With Next and the Figure Caption style a Keep With Previous.

While it may make sense to put the Figure Caption above the figure, most places I have worked have the Figure Caption below the figure and the Table Caption above the table.

I do the same basic process in Word except for the obvious lack of the Keep With Previous condition in Word.

-----Original Message-----

Bruce Megan wrote:

> When I click on a figure cross reference (table of figures) in my pdf,
> it takes me to the page where the figure is, but I have to scroll up
> to the figure.
> I donât know if I should be looking at FrameMaker (10) which is the
> source. Or if there is a preference in Adobe that I needs to be set.

It takes you to the paragraph that's included in the LOF (list of figures), presumably the figure caption, and puts that paragraph at the top of the window. This is a WAD (works as designed).

By far the simplest solution is to put figure captions above the figures instead of below them. This makes much more sense to me in any case -- the reader sees the caption before seeing the figure and thus knows what she's looking at without having to scroll down to the caption.

People who resist this common-sense solution have come up with various kludges, typically involving a tiny paragraph of white text above the figure that repeats the figure caption. You can probably find posts about them by searching I think they're a bad idea.

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom

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