Hi Nancy:

I tend to do the same as Jim. I keep a clean master of the template, and
in there, document the styles, how to use them, and why. It doesn't have
to be an exhaustive description--just whatever you think someone else
will need if you are hit by the proverbial bus.

Yes, it's a bit time-consuming, but the future benefits make it totally
worth it.

Fei Min Lorente 

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[mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Jim Owens
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2009 3:04 PM
To: Nancy Allison
Cc: framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Re: Inventory of Template Features

At the end of an internal project, I usually write a short document that
explains what I've done. This lets me record the reasons for my
decisions, and highlight any unusual features that may need special
attention.

Sometimes the document is as simple as a text file. If I think others
might need the document one day, I format it lightly in a word processor
to make it a bit easier to use.



Nancy Allison wrote:
> Hi, everyone. I've created a template that I'm pretty happy with. It
is structured like a book file and contains separate files for front
matter, preface, body text, and index.
> 
> I am trying to keep track of how I did things in it. For example, I've
used one variable in the headers for the unnumbered chapters (Index,
TOC, Preface). I've used a separate variable in the headers of the
numbered files (chapters and appendixes). This means that I can't
carelessly copy the page layouts from, say, the Index file into the
Chapter file, or I'll have to spend time fixing the headers that I've
just wrecked.
> 
> Just to be clear, here are the things I can copy from one file into
all the others without doing harm:
> 
> Variable definitions
> Cross-reference formats
> Table formats
> Character formats (the list is short, so no reason to tailor it to 
> each type of file) Color Definitions Document Properties Reference 
> Pages Conditional Text Settings Math Definitions
> 
> Things I can't -- I have settings tailored to each type of file in the
template:
> 
> Paragraph formats (in each file I include only the relevant paragraph 
> formats. Cuts the list way down.) Page Layouts
> 
> 
> I think.
> 
> My question to you: Do you have a spreadsheet, or some other table or
form that you use to keep track of what the heck you have set in your
template?
> 
> I googled "Framemaker template inventory" and got only hits for
templates for tracking inventory (like widgets).
> 
> Right now, all the nifty features of my template are fresh in my mind.
If I go away and work on something else, I won't remember how I set it
up. Surely after all these years there are off-the-shelf tools for
keeping track of how a template is set up.
> 
> I am more than willing to shell out for a wondrous plug-in, if someone
has created one that meets this need.
> 
> --Nancy
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