--- "Andersen, Verner Engell VEA" <verner.andersen at radiometer.dk> wrote: > Have you any idea of how I can have the various > edition numbers in footer of each chapter page and > still have the possibility of importing all formats > from all files without messing things up? ============================== This kind of dilemma can be eliminated in structured FM documents. The edition number, rev number, rev date, effectivy, and similar info can be produced by defining FrameMaker header/footer variables which pick up the current value(s) of the applicable element attributes.
In mission-critical documents (aircraft maintenance manuals, for instance) the process begins with the technician picking a work card to perform a particular maintenance task on a particular aircraft (the same aircraft model can have many different configurations, even within the same airline). The work card provides all the information needed to assuredly select the correct procedural instructions from the maintenance manual (in the ATA methodology, the mechanic submits the work card number to a database, which retrieves the applicable procedure from the maintenance manual). The work card information may even allow the mechanic to examine the information in the footer of each page of the retrieved procedure to verify that the footer information (such as the page's effectivity, current revision date, page block number, etc.) agrees with what appears on the work card. All of this footer informatin in the retrieved procedure is produced from header/footer variables which pick up the current values of the corresponding element attributes when the procedure is delivered to the machanic. As you can see, this approach, employing element attributes which are converted by structured FrameMaker to header/footer variables appearing in the footer, can be used at any level of granularity, even down to individual pages.