Wow! Thanks to all who replied both on- and off-list. I'm so excited! The reference page solution was perfect. I need to learn more about reference pages, I think. That thought never occurred to me, the solution is beautiful. I'm so excited about it!
And I had no idea you could import formats into multiple files in the book at once. That is an acceptable solution. It's much easier than opening each chapter individually. I don't mind so much applying the formats to all chapters in a book at once. Again, thanks everybody! I look forward to participating in this list in the future. Wow! Yay! -Paul Pehrson Midvale, UT On 10/18/06, Art Campbell <art.campbell at gmail.com> wrote: > > Applying formats... > I maintain a chapter template file (actually two templates, one for > fully-numbered content chapters and one for front matter & Prefaces) > separate from all books and make tag modifications and additions in > those. > When I need to make a change, I apply the template file to either all > the appropriate chapters in the target book file or to all the members > of a meta-book that contains all chapters of all books. > > Inserting a tab in the TOC... > Two things need to be done. First, on the Reference Page that defines > the format for the TOC, locate the line that defines the element. > It'll contain variables such as <$chapnum>, <$paratext> and > <$pagenum>. Put the cursor in the string where you want the tab to > appear and press the Tab key to insert it. > Second, the element's appearance will be controlled by a para tag with > a TOC suffix: a name something like H2TOC. Open the paragraph designer > and make sure the tag contains the appropriate tab stop; if it > doesn't, create it and Update All. > > Then Save the files and update the book to generate a new TOC. > > Art > > On 10/17/06, Paul Pehrson <paulpehrson at gmail.com> wrote: > > Hello fellow Frame users, > > > > This is my first post to the list; I joined yesterday. I've been using > Frame > > for about two years, but I only recently started a job where I'm a lone > > writer, in charge of all documentation for my organization. Previously, > I've > > been using Frame, but my supervisor was the one who created/updated all > > templates, formats, etc., so I didn't really learn to use a lot of > Frame's > > features. > > > > I'm excited to be on this list and to learn from your collective > experience. > > > > Today I come with two questions. First: is there a way to use an > external > > formats document similar to a CSS style sheet using unstructured Frame? > > > > I have four books that I'm developing concurrently. The average book has > 6 > > chapters, so I've got a good number of individual .fm documents I'm > working > > with. As I go, I'm encountering new format needs. I modify the format > > accordingly, but then I have to import that document's formats into all > the > > other documents I'm working with. I'd like to know if Frame has an > external > > formats document that can be referenced, such that formats changed in > that > > document are automatically reflected across all documents that link to > that > > formats doc. Does that make sense? Do you know any way to make Frame do > > this? (I'm stuck with Frame 7.0 for now.) > > > > Second: When you build a TOC, is there a way to get Frame to insert a > tab > > between the heading text and the page number? I'm having to do this > manually > > every time I build the book files (which is daily, because I'm making my > > in-process work available to our internal developers and support > people). > > I'm just sure there must be some place where I can tell Frame that I > want a > > tab between the heading text and the page number. I just can't find it. > Any > > help available? > > > > Thanks. I look forward to participating in the Framers online community. > > > -- > Art Campbell > art.campbell at gmail.com > "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 Vincent > and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson > No disclaimers apply. > DoD 358 > -- Paul Pehrson Midvale, UT AIM: nelspaul2004 MSN: paulpehrson(at)gmail.com www.paulpehrson.com blog.paulpehrson.com