Hi All,

I am interested in the answer to this as well. I created a Word template that 
had all our Frame styles, then restricted the formats only to that set, and 
protected the document. As in Alan's case, it was still possible to apply a 
Normal style, but I just decided to live with this and to do a find/change at 
some point to change it to Body. I gather in Alan's case this will not be 
possible, so I would also be interested to know whether it is possible to 
suppress the Normal style. 

I would also be interested to know if it is possible to handle "character" 
styles this way as well. Alan, in your Word template, how do people apply bold 
formatting to a word? What happens when this gets to Frame?

How are you handling tables and graphics? My tables in Word got translated to a 
sort of generic table in Frame, which was easy enough to convert manually to my 
desired table style, but in terms of automation I imagine that I would need 
Framescript. As for graphics, when I imported the Word document into my 
Framemaker template, Frame created it's own graphics. They looked reasonable, 
but not great. 

Anyway, I am interested in hearing about anyone else's experience with this. 

Thanks,
Paul 


-----Original Message-----
From: framers-bounces+paul.inbar=intel.com at lists.frameusers.com 
[mailto:framers-bounces+paul.inbar=intel....@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of 
Alan Litchfield
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2007 6:11 AM
To: Framers List
Subject: Creating a Word template...

...based on an FM file.

I need to create a Word template for use by contributors to a large  
document. Most of the content will have passed through various  
approval committees and courts before finally being added to the  
document. Once the content has been approved it cannot be varied,  
regardless of what ever horrible formats have been used.

Previously the inclusion process has led to a wide range of paragraph  
(numbering, bulleting, etc.) styles. The decision has now been made  
to enforce a standardisation of the formats in new content, but most  
contributors do not use/will never use FM. They will use MS Word  
however, hence the need to create a template that provides the  
formats for them.

I have exported the FM file using mif2go and created a .dot file in  
MS Word. However I still need to be rid of the various formats that  
Word seems to put in there by default. I have worked out how to  
define the template as a global template, but how can I also remove  
Normal.dot (this seems to be where the other styles are coming from)?

I need to be able to disable the auto numbering functions when people  
use this template (effectively so they are forced to use the FM  
heading and paragraph numbering numbering, etc). Any clues on where I  
can find information on how to do this? Do I need to look at putting  
VB into the template file in order to control Word's functionality  
(disabling functions, etc.)?

Cheers
Alan
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Alan T Litchfield, MBus (Hons), MNZCS
AlphaByte: PO Box 1941, Auckland, New Zealand
Publishing systems specialists
http://www.alphabyte.co.nz


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