Never mind. I figured out that when I have a row in the mapping table for 
any paragraph, I should specify both the Right-hand and Left-hand master 
page. I've done that and now everything is working. I've mapped 
AnchorPara, Body, Heading1 and the chapter title paragraph styles in that 
order, and I'm getting the right master page on all pages, including the 
blank at the end. However, it's possible that I'll have a page somewhere 
that doesn't use one of these things or uses them in a funny order and 
I'll get messed up, so I'll proceed cautiously.

Thanks for the information about Silicon Prairie's plug-in, Will. I'll 
remember that just in case there are too many exceptions to this solution.

Fei Min

FeiMin_Lorente at 
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03/18/2008 01:53 AM

Shlomo Perets <shlomo2 at>
Framers at
Re: Automatically inserting "blank page" text

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

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
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ON Semiconductor
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Shlomo Perets <shlomo2 at> 
03/17/2008 02:42 PM

FeiMin_Lorente at
Framers at
Re: Automatically inserting "blank page" text

Fei Min,

You wrote:

 > I have some unstructured manuals and if there is a blank page at the 
 > 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 
 > manually deciding when the text should appear (meaning I have to look 
 > 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 
element names or paragraph tags, specify that "Body" paragraphs (and/or 
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 
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

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