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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 - Adjusting Document Properties
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Adjusting Document Properties

Document properties such as the Zoom and View options should be set at the very end as you save your template. Determine what Zoom percentage should be the default each time your template is opened, and set the Zoom using the  buttons at the bottom of your document window.

View options can be set at the start of your template but should be checked at the end because items like Borders and Text Symbols will change if you adjust them while you work. In the View Options dialog box—opened by clicking View>Options—you set the measurement units that will be used by all the FrameMaker dialog boxes while you are in the template and any document using the template. This dialog box is shown in Figure 3–23.

The Display section at the bottom shows items like the Borders and Text Symbols that can be turned on or off. These can be set here, and can be adjusted directly on the View menu. The exception is Graphics, which is only available here and when working in a FrameMaker book.


Figure 3–23
. The View Options dialog box allows measurement unit options to be set.

Additional document properties are adjusted through the Format>Document menu. Go into each item under the Document menu and set it as desired for your files. If you plan to create a cookbook, you should take the time to go into Format>Document>Numbering and set numbering for Chapter, Page, and Paragraph to their Continue Numbering choices. One page of the Numbering Properties dialog box is shown in Figure 3–24.

Figure 3–24.
The Numbering Properties dialog box is where numbering features are set.

Also lumped into document properties are things like custom markers. If you plan to create online help or HTML/XML with WebWorks Publisher, you might take a moment to create custom Filename markers, as shown in the following instructions:

  1. Select Special>Markers.

    The Marker dialog box appears.

  2. From the Marker Type pop-up menu, select Edit so that you can open the next dialog box to create a custom marker.

  3. Remove the CustomMarkerType that appears and type Filename as the new marker type.

    Make sure that the “F” is capitalized. Like everything else in FrameMaker, marker names are case sensitive. To work seamlessly with WebWorks, use the capital letter and exact name.
  4. Click Add.

  5. Click Done.

The custom marker type is now a part of your document and you can close the Marker dialog box.

Save your template. It is now ready to use to create basic recipe documents.

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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