Combining everything into one template may sound like a good idea, but there are a lot of tradeoffs involved for little (if any) real benefit. It *can* be worthwhile to have standardized character catalogs and paragraph catalogs across all your documents, but one advantage of the FrameMaker document model is that this can be accomplished by importing just those catalogs as necessary.
The problem with combining all master pages into one template is that you wind up never using the default left/right mater pages, and this is what produces the kind of behavior you've described. You'll wind up having to apply master pages manually to most of the pages in most of your documents, and you'll wind up always having to delete empty pages at the ends of chapters manually because once you apply a non-default master page FrameMaker no longer considers the page to be truly empty. To my way of thinking, it's much better to have a separate template for each variation of what the default pages should look like. Depending on your page design, you may be able to get fancy with things like the Running H/F system variables so that you can use the same master page for appendixes as well as chapters, but there's not much downside to simply having different templates with different default master page designs for the different categories of book components. My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel. Fred Ridder (fred dot ridder at intel dot com) Intel Parsippany, NJ -----Original Message----- From: framers-bounces+fred.ridder=intel....@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces+fred.ridder=intel.com at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Texan Scriber Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 1:58 PM To: framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: Disconnected Pages Fellow Framers, Does anybody know how to specify the master page to use when the current page is filled with text? I have combined all my master pages into one template file. After I create an Appendix say, and the first page is filled with content, the page that follows does not use the same master page. Also, if a chapter had n number of pages and some text was deleted, the chapter no longer ends in even pages like it used to, it leaves all those white blank pages that have to be manually deleted. Appreciate sharing your experience with Frame. _______________________________________________