I just answered my own question with a test. The stylesheet DOES get applied, even though the XML file is still open in FrameMaker. Of course, the changes that the stylesheet makes are not reflected in the open FrameMaker document unless you first close the document and attempt to reopen it.
I say *attempt* to reopen it, because you may need an import stylesheet so that the XML file will open without errors, depending on what was done by the export stylesheet. So, it is possible to render an XML file that is currently open and being edited in FrameMaker as unopenable after it is closed. Is there a setting somewhere to prevent you from saving an XML document in FrameMaker? For example, if you open a text file with FrameMaker, it will retain the .txt extension until you attempt to save the file. You will then get the Save As dialog box so you can save it as a FrameMaker binary (.fm) document. Based on the above discussion, this behavior may be desireable for XML files. Thanks. Rick > Hello All, > > Structured FrameMaker allows you to open an XML file and edit it in > FrameMaker, while retaining the XML extension. This leads me to the > question: What happens if you have your application set to use XSL on > export, and you save an XML file that is open with FrameMaker? It doesn't > seem like FrameMaker would be able to apply the stylesheet to the XML file > if it is open in FrameMaker. Does anyone know what happens or how this is > supposed to work? Thanks in advance. > > Rick Quatro > Carmen Publishing > 585-659-8267 > www.frameexpert.com