Hi Karen, Are you using the default "save as" and then selecting XML? If so you have very little control. If you don't mind spending a bit of time working on it I can send you a document (and anyone else on the list who I haven't given this to) that walks you through a simple EDD, some formatting, a set of read/write rules and the basics of converting to and from Frame and XML.
Let me know if you want a copy of the PDF. Bernard -----Original Message----- From: framers-bounces+bernard=publishingsmarter.com at lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces+bernard=publishingsmarter....@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Karen West Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 11:40 AM To: framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: RE: Frame documnet saved as XML losing formatting Mike Feimster wrote: > > I believe that FrameMaker drops that formatting when saving as xml. > > If you are using formats from the character catalog it should > > > save the formatting. I stupidly replied: > > Thanks Mike, I've just tried it and it works now using the character > > catalog. Excellent, that's rather stupid though, don't you think? Richard Combs set me straight: > Well, no. In fact, a recent poll of FrameUsers readers found that 35 > out of 37 thought it was rather stupid to apply ad hoc formatting as > you did instead of using defined character tags: I've just read the relevant thread and I now feel more enlightened. In my defence I didn't know any better as I've had no formal training in using FrameMaker. I'm the sole Technical Writer here and kind of got roped into the position. Richard asked: > If you have unstructured, randomly-formatted docs that don't use > paragraph and character tags consistently, then what's the point in > converting them to XML anyway? They do use paragraph and character tags, though rarely for bold and italic. The XML is for a help system, for which I'm having to provide all my documents in XML format. I am now paying the price in the conversion to XML, of both my formatting mistakes and those of my predecessors. Karen West Technical Writer Cyberscience Corp http://www.cyberscience.com _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as bernard at publishingsmarter.com. To unsubscribe send a blank email to framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com or visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/bernard%40publishingsmarter.com Send administrative questions to lisa at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.