Deirdre,

In my opinion, Top of Page type overrides to force improved pagination
much more acceptable than other types of formatting changes. One of the
last steps in our process is to go through the document and check for
awkward pagination. Then we move figures and tables around or force a
heading to the next page to improve the look and flow. If something else
changes, we just have to do it again. It just makes a better product.

Clint


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From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Deirdre
Reagan
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 7:42 AM
To: Framer's List
Subject: question about overrides

Hi all, good morning.

FM 8.0, XP.

This is really a best practices question.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a discussion about overrides, and how
they should be used rarely or not at all.

So I thought about that and started to watch our use of overrides.

We use overrides all the time.  For instance, if a figure would be
better placed at the top of the next page, we create that override (our
figure tag is set at Anywhere).

We also used Top of Page when we want to keep a paragraph from breaking
over two pages.

Is it really preferable to create a paragraph tag for each instance of
formatting?  I'd end up a lot of one-time-use-only tags.

Also, most of these overrides occur in the editing process, after the
content has been established and we are focused on making the document
look professional.  Should I be creating tags as I edit the document,
rather than override the existing tag as I make layout decisions?

A second question, now that I'm really thinking about this:

I'm really bothered by the Top of Page as an override, because if we add
text to the front end, that override is going to force a Top of Page we
might not want.  But I haven't been able to find a "keep together"
option, like Word has for keeping lines of text together.
Next Pgf is similar, but it works differently in significant ways.
You can't Next Pgf a single paragraph, for instance, but you can keep it
whole without forcing it to the top of the next page in Word.

Anyway, any comments and insight into the override / editor's role /
tidying up the document / is there a "keep together" issue would be most
welcome!

Thanks,

Deirdre
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