The way I'd deal with it is your table method. The usual way to allow
or force row/table breaks across pages is to use a multi-row single
column table with reasonable size text snippets in each row. Then use
custom ruling to eliminate the inter-row rules so that it appears to
be a single row. Yes, you have to do it manually, but if it's not a
big deal unless you're constantly doing twiddles to the content that
affect the size of the cells.

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On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 2:03 PM, Michael O'Neill <moneill at> 
> OK Folks,
> Here's a basic question for the gurus/experts.  I've been using FM for a
> number of years now, but recently I'm trying to do something that I
> haven't done before so I'm not sure of the best way to achieve my
> objective.
> Context:
> The document I am authoring from scratch is an entry-level type document
> that deals mostly with system concepts and strategies.  It will link to
> already extant procedures in the online help, installation guides,
> etc...
> The document will be delivered as both a stand-alone PDF, and as part of
> a merged help set produced with WWP2003.
> Goal:
> One of the things my manager wants is a threaded/running
> "Example/Scenario" section that will appear in various portions of the
> book that will explain the concepts in terms of an actual example.
> Basically, this means introducing the Example scenario in the beginning
> of the guide and corresponding sections of text in various and
> subsequent chapters.
> I want this content to appear with a light gray background.  How do I do
> this?
> Here's what I've thought of:
> Inserting a one-cell table with a gray background wherever this type of
> content appears.  Problem (which may have its own solution): The one
> cell table is essentially 1 row, and it doesn't appear that you can
> break a row across a page.
> Adding a text frame for this content (from the graphics toolbar).  Seems
> do-able, as I can control the dimensions and background color of the
> text frame.  Only problem is WWP tends to put text frames at the end of
> the chapter and not at the location in which they appear in the FM
> document.
> Anyone have a good solution for this?  Like I said, we've never wanted
> to do this type of thing before, so I am likely missing something
> obvious.  I'm not averse to using the help or other references...but my
> searches thus far have been hindered by not knowing a good keyword to
> start with.  Alternatively, am I missing something obvious?  Is there a
> paragraph style for background color that I've managed to miss
> repeatedly?
> -Michael
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