Hello, We use Frame for basically what you're talking about, I believe. We have several versions of our main software product and the previous writers set up the documentation using variables and different color text to indicate which words/paragraphs belongs to what version. It works fairly well, but can be a tad confusing. One of the reasons for this is the color choices for the variable text. There are three shades of blue involved, and there's not THAT much separation between the shades. I think a better plan, if possible, is to use a number of files and pull them in where needed, if you have a large amount of common material between them. However, when you're talking about simply a paragraph here and there interspersed between paragraphs of common material, that approach probably isn't very feasible.
Sam Beard Technical Communications - Special Projects CTES, LP 936 521-2241 Click the logo or link to help me raise money to cure Multiple Sclerosis when I ride my bicycle in the BP MS 150 April 21-22, 2007! http://ms150.org/edon.cfm?id=189917 -----Original Message----- From: framers-bounces+sam.beard=ctes....@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces+sam.beard=ctes.com at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of kgrace Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 4:32 PM To: framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: Multiple Volume Documentation Set Has anyone used Framemaker for the purpose of generating a complete reference set i.e., extensive use of volumes? I would like to see if someone can provide me with some direction on setting up a file structure and/or any gotchas awaiting me for setting up this documentation. I am faced with a project in which I think Framemaker was designed. To this point I have used framemake for the purpose of developing one book but never multiple books i.e., using the volume feature for each of the books. This project is going to require that I produce a series of books ie., maintenance procedures, safety procedures, code compliance issues etc., for multiple plants/locations. I would guess I am going to need to develop about 10 volumes and to further complicate things these volumes would need to be developed for multiple locations. My initial thought was to develop these documents and make extensive use of variables (for the purpose of inserting the various plant names where required) and conditional text to put information that is specific to the particular plants. As I mentioned I would be interested in any information on doing a large project like this. I have not been able to find much online for this type of project. Any help is greatly appreciated _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as sam.beard at ctes.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/sam.beard%40ctes.com Send administrative questions to lisa at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.