Our template is an FM book that includes sample files for all parts of a
manual (front cover, TOC, Preface, chapters, appendixes, glossary, index,
and back cover). The page layouts are different for the TOC, glossary and
index, and they have their own master pages, but the reference pages are the
same in all files. All of the paratags, chartags, etc are the same in all
files. We include a set of user variables but writers can add more as
needed. We decided to put them all together because it seems easier to
update and distribute one template than several.
Hitachi Data Systems
[mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com]On Behalf Of Nancy Allison
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 10:55 AM
To: framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Template organization
Hey, folks. What is your standard for organizing your template?
Do you have all ref pages, master pages, para tags, character tags,
variable definitions, etc., etc., represented identically in every file
of your template?
It easiest to update every file in a book with every formatting
element, rather than try to remember that the Index file has unique
elements, so does the TOC, the appendixes have different variable
definitions from the chapters, etc., etc.
The only gotcha I can think of is that sometimes I manually fiddle with
header and footer settings for the oddball chapters (Index, TOC, List of
Figures, etc., etc.) If I copied "Page Layouts" from my Index to all
other files, would they all end up with "Index" manually typed into the
footer, for example?
What do you do?
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