This is one of the more common and frustrating mis-conceptions I see in
the FrameMaker community .... that publishing to ePub and other newer
output formats requires structured FrameMaker. In fact, even when
working with structured source files, FrameMaker's style mappings are
based on paragraph and character formats, not elements.
If you are comfortable with unstructured FrameMaker, and have
unstructured source files, I would start by experimenting with
FrameMaker's eBook capabilities there. File > Publish. Choose your
target format, and click the "Edit Settings" button. Play with the
"Style Mapping" tab and see how that affects your results.
Configuring structured FrameMaker presents a daunting learning curve,
that I would not recommend climbing unless you have clear requirements
to do so. And FrameMaker's DocBook implementation is..., well...,
anybody who tries to use it for real work is in for a world of hurt.
Group Wellesley, Inc.
Consultant and Trainer, Technical Publishing
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On 8/12/14, 12:08 PM, Theresa de Valence wrote:
I started my Frame 12 experience with a new convert to ebook/pdf
project. I created an unstructured book because I
quasi-know-what-I’m-doing in the unstructured world. However, I think
to publish this book as an ebook, it has to be structured. I have had
a long running affair with trying to understand structured Frame and I
have to say that the various pieces of documentation on adobe.com are
next to useless and, unfortunately, much of the documentation by
others (and Adobe) starts with Frame 6 or segues into Robohelp. While
I understand theoretically what’s going on with structured Frame,
getting from here to there is no picnic.
Anyway, I’m starting again with the "new" structured templates which
came with Frame 12. I can see that I’ll have to create or modify an EDD.
Frame 12 installed 13 versions of structapps.fm on my system, either
dated 12/5/2013 or the date I installed the program. There are 6 files
which are 282KB. How do I choose which file to open?
The structapps.fm file which I did open has 3 varieties of DocBook in
it (SGML DocBook, XML DocBook, DocBook2.2.1). How do I choose which
DocBook file to start with?
Also, my project involves converting two novellas into one ebook. I
believe I’m going to require one fm book with two nested books within.
How do I add that structure to the DocBook file?
I now have ~50 files which are components of my unstructured book
file. How would you recommend that I take the contents of those 50
files and move them into the structured book?
Thanks for your help. I’m sure there will be more questions.
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