Whatever documentation you create is best saved on dedicated master or
reference pages in the files themselves, so there's no likelihood of
losing documentation that's in a separate file.

You can use the hyper-click (Ctrl+Alt) on cross-references to move
from one document in a book set to another. However, at least in FM 9,
x-refs on body, master, or reference pages only place the insertion
point at the cross-reference source on the same kind of page; that is,
hyper-clicking from an x-ref on a reference page in document 1 to an
x-ref source on a master a master page in document 2 will move the
cursor to document 2, but will only appear at the x-ref source on the
master page if document 2 is in master page view. I can't remember how
this worked in prior releases of FM, and I don't have any installed to
test this.

Text typed into tagged text frames (like Flow A) on master pages does
not appear on body pages, so it's safe to place documentation in these

Another approach is to create documentation annotations on dedicated
master pages, using text in untagged text frames on master pages,
embellished with callout lines, circles, and arrows, etc, all marked
with conditions, so users can hide the notations when they're not



Peter Gold
KnowHow ProServices

On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 12:33 PM, Nancy Allison <maker at verizon.net> 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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