Hi Scott,

I will try your advice about unwrapping the root element and see if
that works, although this won't be a satisfactory solution for the
authors. Please let me know when you release a new version of
StructureSnippets which can also handle simple text nodes.


On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 19:04, Scott Prentice <sp at leximation.com> wrote:
> Hi Jakob...
> Regarding StructureSnippets .. you can manually edit the "snippet" files to
> unwrap the root element to leave just the plain text. This may help in the
> short term, and I'll look into updating the plugin to accommodate plain text
> (CDATA) nodes as a standard feature.
> Adding the ability to create and manage custom toolbars would be a bit of
> work, and could probably be a plugin of its own. If you don't find such a
> tool (I'm not aware of one), I'd be happy to look into developing it.
> Cheers,
> ...scott
> Scott Prentice
> Leximation, Inc.
> www.leximation.com
> +1.415.485.1892
> Jakob Fix 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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