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
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.


On 10/17/06, Paul Pehrson <paulpehrson at> 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.

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