In a situation where only the name changes, I find that it is *much*
more maintainable to use a variable for the product name because
you only have to make a change in one place (the variable's value
definition) when one of the names changes or when a new variant
is added to the list. If you use conditional text for product names, 
you have to use Find/Change to locate and update every instance 
of any name that changes and you have to add a new condition
and explicitly add new conditionalized content in each appropriate
location when a new product name is added to the list. It's *much*
more time consuming and *much* more prone to errors (particularly 
considering the shortcomings of FrameMaker's Find/Change 
command).

My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel.
Fred Ridder (fred dot ridder at intel dot com)
Intel
Parsippany, NJ



-----Original Message-----
From: framers-bounces+fred.ridder=intel....@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces+fred.ridder=intel.com at lists.frameusers.com] On
Behalf Of Anne Robotti
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2006 11:48 AM
To: Schoen, Brady
Cc: framers at frameusers.com
Subject: RE: Hiding Pages?

> Exactly. But the important concept is that it is content (text,
> graphics)
> that gets conditionalized to be hidden rather than the pages 
> that contain the content.
> 
> My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel.
> Fred Ridder (fred dot ridder at intel dot com) Intel Parsippany, NJ

Which, of course, is even better because you can fine-tune the entire
book for a specific product.

I have a product that gets OEM'ed under four different names. NOTHING
changes except the name of the product and the faceplate (and the price,
I imagine, but I digress.)

So some of my lines look like "Configuring the ProdAProdBProdCProdD for
Ethernet Access" when you uncondition all the text. Hide the ProdB,
ProdC and ProdD condition tags, and it turns into "Configuring the ProdA
for Ethernet Access."

(Just showing Brady an example of how it might work in a finer context
than a page.)

Anne

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