Thanks for the suggestion, Shlomo; I gave it a try. For any table, I use an AnchorPara style for a tiny paragraph to hold the table anchor. I put AnchorPara in the Reference Page mapping table and told it to use the LeftRegular master page for the Left-Hand Master Page, and gave it a Range Indicator of "Until Changed", and it seems to work. Mind you, it started on a left-hand page.
However, I've been having an interesting experience with the Right pages. If I don't specify anything for the Right-Hand Master Page, no master page is applied to the Right pages. If I use the Body paragraph to indicate which pages should use the Right master page, and I make it the first row of the mapping table, then all the pages use the Right master page. If I put that row after the Body paragraph that indicates using the LeftRegular master page, then the Right master page doesn't work. There's probably a rule that I can't use the same paragraph style to apply two different master pages, even if they are Left and Right. Yes, I checked that the Pagination is set to Double-sided. Just out of curiosity, I set Heading1 paragraphs to apply the Right master page, and they all used the Right master page until I had a Heading1 on a left page. Then the LeftRegular master page stopped being applied. All of these rows in the mapping table use a Range Indicator of "Single". Also, the Right master page isn't applied to that long table I was playing with. And I had to create a map for the chapter title paragraph to apply the First master page. Oh, I am successfully getting a "blank page" master page at the end of the chapter. So, if someone can just tell me what I'm doing wrong with the Right-Hand Master Page in the mapping table, I'll be all set. Fei Min p.s. Stuart, the end-of-chapter indicator is a good idea, but we started this whole "blank page" business because customers who were viewing the PDF books were disturbed by the blank pages. The end-of-chapter indicator might be too subtle for them, but it might be an alternative. Thanks for the suggestion. Rick, I thought you might have a solution, but my company hates spending money. I'll present it as an option, though, because it might be cheaper than fighting with the FDK. Thanks for offering to help. ________________________________________ Fei Min Lorente Senior Technical Communicator ON Semiconductor Tel: +1.519.884.9696 ext.2297 Fax: +1.519.884.0228 Cell phone: +1.519.831.4931 Email address: FeiMin_Lorente at amis.com Internet: http://www.amis.com ________________________________________ Shlomo Perets <shlomo2 at microtype.com> 03/17/2008 02:42 PM To FeiMin_Lorente at amis.com cc Framers at FrameUsers.com Subject Re: Automatically inserting "blank page" text Fei Min, You wrote: > I have some unstructured manuals and if there is a blank page at the end > of a chapter (because we want all the chapters to begin on a right-hand > page), we put "This page left blank for printing purposes." Right now I'm > manually deciding when the text should appear (meaning I have to look for > a blank page and put the right paragraph on it). Is there any way of > automating this so that FrameMaker detects when the last page of a file > has no content (other than a header and footer) and either uses a > different master page or a particular paragraph type? > > I'm using FrameMaker 7.2 on Windows XP. You may try using FrameMaker's Apply Master Pages function (7.0 or later) for this purpose, as follows: - create a new master page, named LeftRegular (or similarly), that will control the layout of the standard Left pages -- modify your standard Left master page so that it become the special blank page ("intentionally left blank" or so) -- in the mapping table controlling the assignment of master pages based on element names or paragraph tags, specify that "Body" paragraphs (and/or any other elements which is encountered on regular body pages) on left-hand pages assign the LeftRegular master page As you use the Apply Master Pages function (which may be document- or book-wide), the reserved "Left" master page -- not applied by any other paragraph -- will then be the "blank" page. When switching to the Apply Master Pages approach to control application of custom master pages, all assignments should be controlled through the mapping table (as manually assigned master pages are reset); test the master page assignments you need in a complex document, including multi-page tables (if this applies to your documents). Shlomo Perets MicroType, http://www.microtype.com * ToolbarPlus Express for FrameMaker FrameMaker/Acrobat training & consulting * FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers/Assistants