The source can be a .txt file, and you can format it as per the container (target / destination / display) document's formats. You can insert it pretty much anywhere in the text flow. You don't need an anchored frame. But, if you use an FM file as a text inset, it works better if you make the first line of text in the text inset to be whatever format you use as content / paragraph / body text. Sometimes if the text inset ends with an auto-numbered format, things can get tricky, if you're not inserting it in a similar format, but it just depends on how your paragraph formats are set up and what kind of file you're inserting and what your text inset settings are. Fiddle around with the import options to get a feel for it. :-)
HTH Rene L. Stephenson ----- Original Message ---- From: Dennis Brunnenmeyer <denn...@chronometrics.com> To: Fred Ridder <docudoc at hotmail.com>; Neeraj Jain <neerajjain8 at yahoo.com>; framers at lists.frameusers.com Sent: Friday, May 2, 2008 4:40:14 PM Subject: RE: What is a text inset? Fred... I have used FrameMaker on and off for several years. However, I've never taken advantage of text insets. So I too have several questions: Must the source text be located only in another FrameMaker file? Does it require a special text frame in the target document, or can it be placed in-line in the main flow, say Flow A, in the target document? Dennis Brunnenmeyer ****************************************** At 12:31 PM 5/2/2008, Fred Ridder wrote: >N. Jain asked: > > > I am learning FrameMaker 7.1. I have many times coming across > posts mentioning text insets. I am confused. What is a text inset > and how to insert it? Is a text insert different from a text frame? > Please pardon me if my question sounds foolish. > >A text inset is a text flow that is contained in some external >FrameMaker file and that is inserted by reference rather than >by copying. It is exactly parallel to inserting the contents of >an external graphic file by reference rather than by copying >and pasting. > >Text insets offer an advantage when you have chunks of text >that appear in multiple places, either in the same book or in >different books, but need to have the same content in all >instances. You maintain one master copy of the content and >insert it by reference in any file that needs it. This can be >particularly useful for things like legal "boilerplate" (disclaimer >paragraphs, trademark acknowledgements, etc.), common >notices or warnings, or any piece of description that is used >in multiple places. Another advantage is that the appearance >of the inset is determined by the style definitions in each >different file that references the inset; you may have the same >text from the same source file with markedy different appearance >in different books. > >Note that I referred to an inset as a text _flow_ that is inserted >by reference. In many cases may be convenient to have each >inset in its own FrameMaker file, but there may be cases where >it's more convenient to use multi-flow files to contain multiple >separate inset chunks. For example, you may have one file that >contains a half-dozen named flows, each of which contains a >different warning paragraph. > >-Fred Ridder > >_________________________________________________________________ >Windows Live SkyDrive lets you share files with faraway friends. >http://www.windowslive.com/skydrive/overview.html?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_WL_Refresh_skydrive_052008 >_______________________________________________ > > >You are currently subscribed to Framers as dennisb at chronometrics.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/dennisb%40chronometrics.com > >Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit >http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. Dennis Brunnenmeyer Director of Engineering CEDAR RIDGE SYSTEMS 15019 Rattlesnake Road Grass Valley, CA 95945-8710 Office: (530) 477-9015 Fax: (530) 477-9085 Mobile: (530) 320-9025 eMail: dennisb /at/ chronometrics /dot/ com _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as rinnie1 at yahoo.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/rinnie1%40yahoo.com Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.