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The localization team at medical technology company came to us with an interesting automation request. As part of their localization process, all files for a given language and deliverable are provided in multiple ZIP files in a single folder. The ZIPs contain the following: FrameMaker book file (optional) MIF file(s) “variables” file (optional) image files […]

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When using a DITA <codeblock> element, the intent is for all of the code to be enclosed in a single <codeblock> element (to the extent that it makes sense). From time to time I see documents where each line is in a separate <codeblock>. While this may “work,” it’s not an idea way to operate. […]

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One of the popular features in DITA-FMx is its ability to generate a PDF-ready FrameMaker book and files from a DITA map. The idea is that these files are actually PDF-ready .. one click to build the book, quick review (optional), then save to PDF. Because you can define all of the setup and publishing […]

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Despite the fact that FrameMaker was one of the first authoring tools to support structured authoring (FrameBuilder and SGML in 1991 then FrameMaker and XML in 2002), it is still seen by many as purely a book authoring and publishing tool. While it excels at long document production and provides excellent page layout and formatting […]

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If you’re publishing PDFs from DITA and want high quality with minimal effort, you should consider using DITA-FMx and FMx-Auto. If you’re already using FrameMaker and DITA-FMx, FMx-Auto will enable you to create the same PDFs you’re getting through manually saving the FMx-generated book to a PDF, using scripting or batch processing. If you’re currently […]

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First let me point out that I’m a bit of a Mac-head. After 30+ years of using “IBM PCs” I made the switch to Macs a little over two years ago. Mac desktop (Mini), Mac Server (Mini), Mac laptops (MacBook and MacBook Pro), not to mention the iPhones and iPad. Yeah, completely jumped ship. I […]

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People often complain that it’s too hard to edit XML files in FrameMaker. Before you can effectively edit files you need to set up a structure application for that XML model. A structure application is a set of special files and instructions that tell FrameMaker how to apply formatting to the XML tags and content […]

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While it is true that FrameMaker excels at the creation of printed content and PDF files, there is absolutely no reason that it should be limited to the creation of chapter-based and book-centric content. FrameMaker works with files, you get to decide what those files represent .. books, chapters, sections, topics, or snippets. For years, […]

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PDF Publishing with DITA-FMx 1.1

FrameMaker and DITA-FMx provide the easiest and least expensive way to get the highest quality PDF output from your DITA content. In addition to the numerous authoring features in DITA-FMx, it also provides many useful publishing options. Some of the more popular are listed below: Add related links from relationship tables Flatten conrefs and ensure […]

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Well .. I guess you’d have to define “real XML editor,” but if by real you mean that the editor can open XML files on disk, and write the edited XML back to disk, then it’s as real as any other XML editor that I’ve seen. All XML editors have different features, and you may […]

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