Sarah O'Keefe and Sheila Loring's excellent FrameMaker 7 'complete reference'
book gives a method for setting up bleed tabs (thumbtabs) that requires manual
deletion of unnecessary tabs (i.e. all but the current chapter) in production
edit. Within structured FrameMaker, is there a way of automating this?
What is needed is a means of rendering objects visible/invisible depending on
their chapter number. Perhaps some way of making conditional tags sensitive to
their context in the book...?
Another approach I've tried is to include a rotated B flow flush to the page
edge and insert the bleed tabs as conditionalised anchored frames. This allows
tabs to be turned on and off with conditions, but I don't like these objects
being on body pages, and it doesn't get round the issue of making them
sensitive to chapter number.
Failing that, I guess it could be done using the feature for mapping master
pages to paragraphs, but I cannot see it working out very elegantly, as one
would have to hack some sort of 'hidden' mapping between chapter number and
Any ideas, anyone?