I use text insets for individual sections and make sure not to include the heading in the text inset. This way if the heading is a different heading level in 2 different manuals, it won't interfere. Also, if I include the heading in the text inset, I'm not sure what would happen when I try to cross-reference to it or to add an index entry to the heading.
Regards, Shmuel Wolfson 052-763-7133 Martinek, Carla wrote: > -----Original Message----- > > The first couple of pages of the Preface contain the doc info (audience, > scope, purpose, structure, etc.), and the stuff that's shared among the > docs is in the latter 3/4 of the Preface. Would it work to split it into > two files (the first part with all the doc-specific stuff just set up as > a regular template, and the second part set up as a single-sourced file > that everyone could point to from their books)? > ---------- > > In a short, simple, answer -- Yes. By breaking your content into > shorter topical files, you can increase their reuse. > > Our general standard here is to break apart files when they have a > top-level (Heading 1, etc.) heading. We've got 1000+ different topical > files that we can reuse between docs as necessary. Some files can be > reused across multiple product lines; some only within product lines. > > We got away from text insets because of some inherent problems we were > having with them, and build the books by linking the topical files > together. For example, a book might look like this: > > Cover > Copyright > Toc > About This Doc__FrontPage > About_contacts_tech_support ---- (reused across all product lines) > About_doc_conventions > Intro__FrontPage > External_view ---- (reused within product lines) > Media_compartment > front_panel > Firmware_language_modes > Operations_FrontPage > etc. > Etc. > > We create a intro page (FrontPage) for each chapter, and then link in > the topical files behind it. It works for us. We have one writer who > maintains all of the UG/QRG files for 6 product lines and several OEM > versions. I think at last count she was responsible for 25+ active > manuals, and by sharing the content this way, she manages to keep things > updated and meet deadlines and release dates. > > We set this up with the expectation that we will be moving to structured > content (XML/DITA), and topical is the way to go for that. Also, once > we move the topical content to XML, our Tech Support Help Desk will > easily be able to grab and reuse the content for their needs. > > -Carla > > - CONFIDENTIAL- > This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential, and may also > be legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, you may not > review, use, copy, or distribute this message. If you receive this email in > error, please notify the sender immediately by reply email and then delete > this email. > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to Framers as sbw at actcom.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/sbw%40actcom.com > > Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. > >