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Understanding and Creating FrameMaker Templates

Brush up on FrameMaker template components, including the Paragraph and Character Designer, and then dive into details on how to create your own custom template (from the book XML and FrameMaker by Kay Ethier, ISBN: 159059276X, Apress).

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By: Kay Ethier
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July 20, 2004
  1. · Understanding and Creating FrameMaker Templates
  2. · Paragraph Formats
  3. · Pagination Properties and Numbering Properties
  4. · Advanced Properties of the Paragraph Designer
  5. · Designing Character Formats with the Character Designer
  6. · Master Page Layouts
  7. · Reference Pages
  8. · Table Formats
  9. · Cross-Reference Formats, Conditional Text and Creating a Simple Template
  10. · Creating Character Formats and Cross-Reference Formats
  11. · Modifying and Adding Master Pages
  12. · Creating a Double-sided Document
  13. · Adjusting Document Properties
  14. · Reviewing the Import Formats Feature

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Understanding and Creating FrameMaker Templates - Creating a Double-sided Document
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Creating a Double-sided Document

To change your document to double sided, select Format>Page Layout>Pagination. The Pagination dialog box appears. This is shown in Figure 3–22.

Figure 3–22.
Use the Pagination dialog box to select double- or single-sided pages.

Select Double Sided. Leave the 1st Page Side set to Right, so that the first page in your file will be considered a right-hand page and the left/right will alternate from there. You might also set Before Saving & Printing to Make Page Count Even. This lets FrameMaker force a blank left page when it is needed to complete your double-sided document. It also allows FrameMaker to remove extra empty pages if you delete content.

Once you click the Set button, your document will become double sided. A Left master page will appear alongside the Right master page. Because you set up your Right master page in advance, the Left page should automatically come in with a layout that mirrors the Right page.

To make an additional master page for the first page of the chapter, follow these steps:

  1. Select Special > Add Master Page.

  2. For the Name, type First, then click Add

    Make sure that the Right page is selected for Copy from Master Page.

  3. Once the page is created, delete the header.

  4. Select the body page text frame (the typing area) by holding down Control and clicking over the frame.

    Small black handles should appear around the edge of the selected frame.

  5. Resize the text frame using the top resize box, so that the frame top is at the 2.5" mark on the ruler.

  6. From the Symbols.fm file in FrameMaker’s clipart folder, select the fork and spoon image. Copy to place it on the clipboard.

  7. Go to the First master page and paste the graphic, then position it. You may use Graphics>Object Properties and Graphics>Align to adjust or center it.

  8. Click Save.

In the real world, you will probably make additional master pages for the front matter, index, and other special pages of your cookbook. In this example, however, the directions end with Right, Left, and First master pages.

NOTE The master page name First is used in this example specifically because Adobe uses this name in most of their sample templates—so you may easily import master pages from another sample template, if desired. The name First does not, however, have any special meaning and can easily be substituted for ChapterStart, RightNoHeader, or any other name. It is recommended that you use names that will make sense to you.

This chapter is from XML and FrameMaker, by Kay Ethier (Apress, 2004, ISBN: 159059276X). Check it out at your favorite bookstore today. Buy this book now.

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