Some very good advice, too, in the Adobe FrameMaker Template Series Primer, http://www.adobe.com/products/framemaker/tempseries/pdfs/primer.pdf, and FrameMaker Template Design and Enforcement, http://www.microtype.com/resources/articles/TMPDESIN_DE.PDF, which is broadly applicable notwithstanding its structured emphasis.
Jim -----Original Message----- From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Karen Robbins Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 12:20 PM To: framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: Re: Merge Multiple Doc Styles? Rick and Art, Thanks for your insights. Both sensible approaches and at least somewhat less painful than rebuilding the entire thing from scratch :-). --Karen >==Rick's Reply== > >Hi Karen, > >Here is how I would approach the problem. Find the component the book >that is the most solid as far as styles. Make a copy of this and call >it your "template." Delete all of the paragraph format formats in this >document that still need work, leaving only the solid formats. > >For each of your other components, identify a one or more styles that >you know that are in good shape. Think in terms of categories; for >example, maybe you spent a lot of time getting your list styles in >place in a particular document. Make a temporary copy of this document >and delete all paragraph formats except the list styles. Now import >these paragraph formats into your template and discard the temporary document. > >You do not necessarily have to do this in one sitting; you can do it >over time as you work on your book. What you are doing is building up >your template by adding solid formats to it. Since the paragraph >catalog only contains your good formats, you can at any time import the >paragraph formats from this document into all of the other components >in the book. Once your template's paragraph catalog has the same number >of formats as the book's components, then it should be pretty complete. > >You can do this process with your template's other categories of >styles, like character and table formats. To round out the template, >you could make this into a style guide for your book. When you want to >modify or add formats in your book, do it in the style guide (template) >first, and then import the formats into your book's components. > >Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thank you >very much. > >Rick Quatro >Carmen Publishing Inc. >rick at frameexpert.com >585-659-8267 > >==Art's Reply== > >I think any method you choose depends on having one known-good file >that you can use as a template for the others. It may be a true >template or one of the chapters, but it should exist so you can clone >it to the others and enforce consistency. Depending on the version of >FM that you're running (you should provide that information, and your >OS, when you post). > >There are a couple of methods you can use to reconcile the tags and >other styles -- tables, colors and so on. I'd recommend the Clean >Import plugin because it removes all existing styles from all catalogs >and then pulls in the set from your template file. Simply importing >formats will add the "good" tags to the existing ones but not remove >what's there. > >At that point you need to apply your good tags to the content in the >files if there's a difference in tag names and remove any manual >over-rides. There are several other tools that can help with that, >although you can often just work with the Global commands in the >paragraph and character designer tools. > >Art > >Art Campbell >art.campbell at gmail.com > On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 7:56 PM, Karen Robbins<karendesign at gmail.com> wrote: > Hello Frame Gurus, > > I'm rather new to the list so please bear with me. > > I have a book containing 12 files. Over time (starting before I ever > worked with these files), each file's paragraph style sheet has been > modified so that now the book's styles are a sea of inconsistency. > Using Paragraph Tools I can reduce the mess to what's actually in use > and eliminate what I don't need. I still need to re-name/spec what > remains more consistently. > > To get one file's formats into another, I know I could import > paragraph formats to individual files. But I would have to re-create > all the formats in one document first (even though they already > exist, spread throughout several documents). Will this give the same > result as if a single merged style sheet had been applied to all > files in the book? Is there another (more > effective/efficient/reliable) way? > > Anticipating your wisdom.... > > Karen > _______________________ _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as jim.pinkham at voith.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/jim.pinkham%40voith. com Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.