Thanks, Art. (a) So you would use the same method for both Set #1 and Set #2?
(b) re: \Shared - You make \Shared contain FM files only? (c) re: \Graphics - Often many graphics are not shared. So I suppose in that case you would have a 'Shared Graphics' folder, but also a separate \Graphics folder for each book. (d) >> I'd guesstimate a day per book for conversion, but that's a WAG. Could easily be half that or twice that, depending on how the books are set up and how fast you are. - Well, I have never done it before. - So a reasonable estimate for a set with two books is that it could take two days? Thanks! avraham On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM, Art Campbell <art.campbell at gmail.com>wrote: > Avraham, > > Question 2: > I handle this pretty routinely, and I do it by creating a directory > for each document set. Under that I have a subdirectory for \Graphics, > \Shared, and \Book -- obviously there are several \Book directories > with different names, but the graphics and shared content are used by > the document set so they're at the top level. > > Each FM file in \Shared is used in two or more component files. Some > are entire stand-alone files -- Copyright info, or the Glossary, and > things like that. But most are topics that are imported into a parent > file by reference. One place you may trip up is including heading > information in the files, because some books will reuse the same core > of information but use different head structures -- it may be under > and H1 in some books, and an H2 or something else in another. So when > possible, I try just to include text, tables and non-hierarchal > content. > > Question 1: > There's no automatic way to do this. Copy and paste, and analyze. > > Question 3: > No idea. I'd guesstimate a day per book for conversion, but that's a > WAG. Could easily be half that or twice that, depending on how the > books are set up and how fast you are. > > > Art Campbell > art.campbell at gmail.com > "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 > Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson > No disclaimers apply. > DoD 358 > > > > On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 3:23 PM, Avraham Makeler <amakeler at gmail.com> > wrote: > > Hi all, > > RE: Merging books > > > > The situation: > > > > I have a client who has a large number of FM (7.2/8) books. From amongst > > these books, there are two particular sets of books, as follows: > > > > Set #1. Two books having about 50 - 60% identical content (each book is > > ~100 pages) > > > > Set #2. Four books having about 10% identical content (each book is > ~80-100 > > pages) > > > > (No particular connection between the two sets of books; just presenting > the > > situation.) > > > > Now, the client would like to merge each of these two sets of books so > that > > each set combines the identical material. E.g., for set #1 above, either > the > > two books should be combined and the text partitioned by conditional text > > controls, or maybe the two books should be kept separate but the > identical > > part should be maintained in some sort of outside, third, common > component > > or "book" (or whatever such a thing would be called), and then when you > have > > to publish one of the two books, you would be able to include in "on the > > fly" the common, identical component. > > > > Same for set #2. > > > > > > Questions: > > > > 1. What mechanisms does FM provide for constructing merged solutions for > > each of these two sets of books? > > 2. Which mechanism and methodology are recommended for each of the two > sets > > of books? > > 3. How long should I estimate it would take me to perform merges for each > of > > the two sets of books? > > > > TIA > > > > - avi > > _______________________________________________ > > > > > > You are currently subscribed to Framers as art.campbell at gmail.com. > > > > Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. > > > > To unsubscribe send a blank email to > > framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com > > or visit > http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/art.campbell%40gmail.com > > > > Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit > > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. > > >