That's what we do. We put A, B, C... in the graphic, and then create a table 
below the graphic with headers like Item, Name, Description.

Nadine

--- On Thu, 6/18/09, Art Campbell <art.campbell at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Art Campbell <art.campbell at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: Overset Manager (or a similar Framescript) for FrameMaker?
> To: "Yves Barbion" <yves.barbion at gmail.com>
> Cc: framers at lists.frameusers.com
> Received: Thursday, June 18, 2009, 8:22 AM
> Even with William's script as a
> base...
> 
> In general, including text in a graphic isn't usually
> considered a
> good practice for just the reason you point out -- during
> translation,
> the text shrinks or grows, depending on the target
> languages, and that
> can require minute adjustment to the graphic.
> 
> A better solution is often to label key points in the
> graphic with
> letters or numbers, maybe in circles so they stand out.
> Then provide
> the relevant text in a text box or caption outside the
> graphic. In
> Frame and other layout programs, that can allow the text to
> grow as
> necessary without affecting the graphic.
> 
> Which also reduces translation costs because the translator
> doesn't
> have to perform surgery on the graphic itself -- the
> callout and
> caption information is just another text stream.
> 
> 
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> On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 2:40 AM, Yves Barbion<yves.barbion at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > One of the ways to add callouts to a graphic, is by
> placing a text frame in
> > the anchored frame and typing the callout in this text
> frame. However, when
> > this text is translated, you get text expansion, and
> the text frame may
> > become too small. Apparently, this phenomenon is
> called "overset". For
> > InDesign, there is an Overset Manager plug-in:
> >
> > http://www.vjoon.com/products/plug-ins/overset-manager/
> >
> > Does anyone know of a similar plug-in for FrameMaker
> or a framescript which
> > can detect and report "overset"?
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> >
> > Yves Barbion ? Managing Director ? Adobe-Certified
> FrameMaker Instructor
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> 494 12 01 89
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