Very nice solution, Dan! A bit of work to set up, but sounds like the results would be very impressive.
Just out of curiosity, do you know if doing this with tables would be a viable option? Chuck -----Original Message----- From: framers-bounces+charles.beck=infor....@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces+charles.beck=infor.com at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Daniel Emory Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 1:05 AM To: Lisa M. Balbes, Ph.D. Cc: framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: Re: Columns in middle of chapter --- "Lisa M. Balbes, Ph.D." <lisa at balbes.com> wrote: > My client wants one section of a particular chapter to be in columns, > instead of the full page width text of the rest of the chapter. This > section will extend over several pages, and will probably have things > added and deleted as we continue editing the document. They want the > columns to flow like a newspaper - filling both columns on one page > before moving on to the next. ============================================ There is a viable way to do this in FrameMaker. First, your Left and Right master pages must both be converted from a single-column page layout to a 2-column layout. Second, to make it work, you must have two sets of paragraph formats which at differ in a single setting within the Pagination pane of the Paragraph Designer, namely: 1. the paragraph formats for the ordinary single-column content are all set to "Across All Columns":, 2. The paragraph formats for the 2-column content are set to " In Column". Take note also that you'll need to define 1- and 2-column paragraph formats for graphic and table anchors if the 2-column text contains graphics or tables. With this setup: Each time you switch from a 1-column paragraph style to a 2- column paragraph style, lines of 2-column text are produced. Then, switching back to a 1-column paragraph style will cause the lines of 2-column text above it to be balanced out within the two columns, and the text below will resume the 1-column layout You can switch back and forth between 1- and 2-column text multiple times within a single page, thus you can begin and end the 2-column text anywhere within the same page, or you can start the 2-column text anywhere on a beginning page, and end the 2-column text anywhere on a succeeding page. This solution works best when: A. Single-column text appears at the top of a page, and either fills the page or is followed by 2-column text which fills the rest of the page, or B. The 2-column text appears at the top of a page, and either fills the page, or is followed by 1-column text which fills the rest of the page. If, as you state, there are likely to be subsequent edits which cause both the 1-column text and the 2-column text to shrink or grow in size, you may find it necessary to manually force page breaks more often that usual in order to keep the 2-column text coherent. This, however, should not be much of a problem if all the 2-column text is in one solid, multi-page block that is preceded and/or followed by solid blocks of single-column text. Dan Emory & Associates FrameMaker/FrameMaker+SGML Document Design & Database Publishing <danemory7224 at sbcglobal.net> _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as Charles.Beck at infor.com. Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. To unsubscribe send a blank email to framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com or visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/charles.beck%40infor .com Send administrative questions to lisa at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.