RE: Structured FrameMaker Master Pages

Subject: RE: Structured FrameMaker Master Pages
From: Fred Wersan <fwersan -at- mak -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 06:47:45 -0400

Richard Combs replied to William Sherman:

"I mentioned earlier an alternative method using text insets. I think it's more cumbersome and has some disadvantages (such as no control over page breaks), so I won't go into detail. But briefly, instead of including the shared-content files in each book, insert each of them as a text inset into its own "shell" file in each book. The "shell" would contain the section title (and a book-specific introduction, if appropriate), and its master pages would be used (I'd still use variables for those, as described above). Strip the section title out of the shared-content file and import it (by reference) into the "shell" file for it in each book. "


This is what I do. However, I use Insets Plus from West St. Consulting to manage my insets instead of native FrameMaker - much more civilized. I used to reuse entire chapters (as in Richard's first suggestion), but was constantly tripping over updating the variables. Also, some text was a chapter in one book and an appendix in another, which messed up heading numbering. Using the shell chapter with inset text solves these problems.

Fred

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