I think you are misdiagnosing the problem. Try this:
1) Insert a left-aligned table with a title in a text column. Make sure the
table is narrower than the text column.
2) Set the table title to be left-aligned. Type text in the table title and
you will see that if it is longer than the table width, it will extend
beyond the right edge of the table. This does not happen if the title is
Design-considerations aside, this is clearly a bug.
Rhea Barron wrote:
> Since my tables are generally narrower than the text column
> they're in, this is a problem. I don't want the titles to be
> wider than the tables.
> I can't find any way to make the titles narrower when the
> title paragraph tag is flush left. The minute I change the
> title para tag to be centered, the text rect that contains
> the table title changes to become exactly the width of the
> table. But as luck would have it, I don't like centered
> titles. I like flush left titles.
But you're getting flush left titles. "Flush left" means "starting at
the left margin of the text column." :-)
It sounds like you're centering these narrow tables within the column,
and then you want the titles to align with the left edge of the tables.
Sorry, FM doesn't work that way. The locations of the tables and their
titles are both in relation to the text column, frame, or underlying
> What puzzles me is that I've used FrameMaker for over 15
> years and I don't remember ever having this problem before.
> But now it occurs in even a brand-new generic FrameMaker file.
Maybe you've never tried to mix centered tables with non-centered titles
before. I never have. And, frankly, I never will -- it sounds like a bad
design idea to me. Why not rethink it? If you align your tables flush
left, or some fixed indent, like an inch, your problem goes away.
IMNSO, YMMV, HTH
Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
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