No. I'm not sure I've ever even heard of that, or at least not enough to
connect it to Excel spreadsheets. I'll look into it, but we do have a
pretty good automation in place now.
No, our previous process was to take a very large and annoyingly formatted
set of spreadsheets used by the
This sounds like a job for FrameMaker's database publishing feature.
Or was that your previous process?
On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 5:18 AM, Lin Sims wrote:
> Oh, it's worse than that. The XML files that generate the FM file via
> DITA-FMx are regenerated every time there's a
Oh, it's worse than that. The XML files that generate the FM file via
DITA-FMx are regenerated every time there's a change in the source document
for them, because the XML files are created from a perl script that takes
apart an Excel file to create individual XML files for each row in the
Okay. So you're working in structured FM files (pseudo-DITA) generated
from an FMx book-build. And you're adding a "link" to an unstructured FM
file that's been added to the generated book? I think I get it now.
In this case, adding an fm-xref won't likely work (might, but I've never
Some of the files are FM generated from XML using your plugin. Others are
FM created in Frame. The ones generated from .XML have elements, the others
don't. Both sets are edited with FM set to the structured INTERFACE, but
only the Frame on the server is in a structured environment. Which is where
Ah .. so aren't they "DITA" files rather than FM files? If they are DITA
files and are in the same ditamap which is built into the same book then
PDF .. then yes, just insert a fm-xref, select the target DITA file,
then select the target element, and you should be good to go!
But this doesn't
Oh, dear. I think I've misled you.
Both FM files are in the same book, which is turned into a single PDF file.
Everything is internal to that PDF file. I have done it before, I'd simply
forgotten I had to do this down on the server.
It's been a stressful couple of weeks, and my brain went to
I don't care if it works in Frame, as long as it works in the PDF!
And I suspect part of the problem is, as I said, because I was not working
in the fully structured environment we maintain on our server. FM2016 is
set to the structured interface on my personal laptop (we all have it that
FYI .. no, not possible (in a meaningful way) to create an xref from a
DITA file to an unstructured FM file. In theory you could create an
"external" xref to the FM file, but the best you could hope for would be
that it would open the FM file in FM when the link was clicked (and
Never mind, figured out that (part of the problem) is that I was working
with my local version of Frame, that has no links to an EDD/DTD. The server
version (which does) works fine.
Now to get the tools guy to upgrade the server from FM12 to FM2015, so I
don't have to save down for everything.
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