I think AutoText will do all, or most, of the stuff you want.

Art Campbell
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On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 9:06 AM, Jakob Fix <jakob.fix at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> We're looking at weaning our authors off a previous XML authoring tool
> (Syntext Serna) and get them accustomed to FrameMaker 9 (structured).
> One of the things they really liked with the previous tool was the
> possibility to create easily graphical buttons in the menu bar and
> associate them with a text or structured snippet. Over time they
> accumulated a long row of icons used to quickly insert these snippets
> and thus avoided speling errors.
> I'm looking for an equivalent solution for FrameMaker 9.  I have found
> Leximation's StructureSnippets plugin which is very close our
> requirements but apparently does not allow for non-structured,
> text-only contents (each snippet must be surrounded by a root
> element). Although this plugin does not provide icons in the menu bar,
> one can use the context menu, the keyboard or the modeless dialog box.
> Unless somebody can suggest a solution to my problem, I would be
> interested to hear from the FrameMaker customisation experts on this
> list about the work necessary to implement this plugin (in FDK rather
> than FrameScript). Requirements in a nutshell would be:
> - provide a way to easily associate unstructured or structured text
> (up to 1024 chars, this limit is for guidance only) with a button in
> FrameMaker's menu bar (and optionally other access methods such as
> context menu or modeless dialogue)
> - store them persistently in between sessions
> - allow for easy management (i.e. list buttons, add, modify and delete
> a button and its associated snippet)
> - as a plus, allow for custom icons to be used for the buttons
> cheers,
> Jakob.
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