In class, and in practice, I preach the "Design to 95% Perfect" rule.

If I can't handle any of my numbering, referencing, and pagination at arm's
length in my template, then I let it go. In my world, a consistent and
predictable 95% perfect beats an inconsistent frustrating 100% perfectly
formatted document every time.

Of course, I also tell my clients that I can help with everything but the
politics...including a supervisor who wants to make Frame (and the authors)
jump through hoops all day long for trivial formatting issues.

I'd suggest you attach a dollar figure to the time associated with the extra
formatting, double-checking required by the formatting, and time associated
with discussing the formatting. If management feels that sacraficing that
money and productivity is worth the nominal improvement in the
documentation, there's not much you can do, short of looking for job
postings here...


-Matt

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-----Original Message-----
From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Alison Craig
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 5:13 PM
To: William Abernathy; framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: RE: Creating an FM9 Style to Apply Forced Page Breaks

I already use this method (for almost any kind of heading) - and I have
widow/Orphan control set to a more than just a couple of lines - but it
doesn't cover all situations.

Thanks, Alison



-----Original Message-----
From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of William Abernathy
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 2:39 PM
To: framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Re: Creating an FM9 Style to Apply Forced Page Breaks

If you need to insert these breaks in running text for aesthetic reasons
(i.e., you don't want to have a heading and three lines of body text,
followed by a page break), consider using the "Keep With Next Paragraph"
exception in the paragraph definition. This is no more effort than inserting
a dummy paragraph to force the page break, and has the benefit of lower
maintenance -- If the upstream formatting changes, you stand a much better
chance of the break falling in a logical/aesthetic fashion than if you force
a break (either with a P-tag exception or by inserting a dummy paragraph).
Once either paragraph crosses the page boundary, the break is redrawn in a
way that looks good. I believe it is also possible to program this behavior
into your body text definition's Widow/Orphan Lines control, but I have not
investigated this.

--William

Alison Craig wrote:
> Is there a way to create a style that accepts all existing formatting and
> simply applies (i.e., forces) a page break? My attempts to create such a
> style have failed so far.
> 
> I really don't want to have to create an Override every time I want a page
> break based on layout/esthetic reasons.
> 
> Alison

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