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Adobe FrameMaker 9 Classroom in a Book

Book Description

FrameMaker, which is at the core of the Adobe Technical Communication Suite, has long been the gold standard for writing, illustrating, and laying out technical documentation in print. With new features like support for rich media objects and powerful PDF export, FrameMaker excels at authoring online documents as well.

This Classroom in a Book (a revision of the successful FrameMaker 7 Classroom in a Book) begins with a survey of the fundamentals of FrameMaker 9: styling paragraphs, placing graphics, creating tables, adding captions, cross-references, and footnotes. Later chapters cover long-document features, such as tables of contents and indexes. Preparing content for output to print or to screen (PDF or HTML), working with Unicode (for handling foreign languages), and using DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) to structure documents using XML, round out the coverage.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. What’s On the Disc
    1. Lesson files ... and so much more
  3. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Copying the Classroom in a Book files
    4. Starting FrameMaker
      1. To start Adobe FrameMaker in Windows
      2. To start Adobe FrameMaker in UNIX
      3. Adobe FrameMaker 9 and Microsoft Word
    5. Additional resources
      1. Adobe certification
  4. 1. Exploring Adobe Framemaker 9
    1. Getting started
      1. Using the Welcome Screen
      2. Opening a document
        1. The Quick Access Bar
        2. Working with tabbed documents
        3. Working with panels
        4. Panels displayed as icons
        5. Docking panels
        6. Using visual guides
        7. The status bar
        8. Rulers and units
    2. Review questions
    3. Review answers
  5. 2. Formatting Documents
    1. Basic text features and formatting
      1. Exploring templates
      2. Customing your options
        1. Copying text
        2. Setting up rulers and the grid
        3. Creating a side-head area
    2. Formatting headings
      1. About the Paragraph Designer
      2. Redefining formats with the Paragraph Designer
        1. Formatting first-level headings
        2. Formatting second-level headings
    3. Formatting text elements
      1. Body text
      2. Numbered lists
        1. Creating a format for the first item in a list
        2. Setting up numbering for the first item
        3. Formatting subsequent numbered items
        4. Formatting bulleted lists
    4. Formatting a chapter title
    5. Deleting formats
    6. Review questions
    7. Review answers
  6. 3. Page Layout
    1. Getting started
      1. Changing column layout
      2. Displaying master pages
    2. Headers and footers
      1. Numbering pages
      2. Creating running headers and footers
      3. Finishing the footers
    3. Custom master pages
      1. Creating a custom master page
      2. Modifying a custom master page
    4. Review questions
    5. Review answers
  7. 4. Defining Colors and Character Formats
    1. Getting started
    2. Defining custom colors and tints
    3. Adding color to paragraph formats
    4. Adding color to autonumbers
      1. Creating a character format
      2. Applying the character format for autonumbers
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  8. 5. Working with Graphics
    1. Customizing master pages
      1. Adjusting header and footer frames for graphics
        1. Changing the Right master page
        2. Changing the Left master page
    2. Working with graphics
      1. Masking part of a graphic
      2. Copying and altering graphics
      3. Drawing lines
      4. Drawing one more rectangle
    3. Positioning objects
      1. Aligning objects
      2. Distributing objects
    4. Review questions
    5. Review answers
  9. 6. Using Anchored Graphics and Frames
    1. About anchored frames
      1. Importing a graphic into an anchored frame
    2. Editing anchored frames
      1. Resizing an anchored frame
      2. Anchoring graphics at the bottom of the column
      3. Positioning an anchored frame outside the column
    3. Copying anchored frames
    4. Working with inline graphics
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  10. 7. Editing Documents
    1. Getting started
      1. Hiding graphics
    2. Creating and using variables
      1. Defining a user variable
      2. Inserting variables
    3. Changing existing information
      1. Finding and changing text
      2. Changing a variable definition
    4. Thesaurus and Spelling Checker
      1. Using the Thesaurus
      2. Checking spelling
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  11. 8. Formatting Tables
    1. Table basics
      1. Inserting a table
      2. Filling in the table
      3. Adding rows and columns
    2. Modifying table information
      1. Rearranging information
      2. Formatting text in table cells
    3. Changing table structure and appearance
      1. Resizing columns
      2. Formatting a row
    4. Review questions
    5. Review answers
  12. 9. Customizing Tables
    1. Getting started
    2. Importing text into a table
      1. Formatting the imported table data
      2. Formatting body cells
        1. Row labels
        2. Body cells
    3. Setting basic table properties
      1. Spacing and cell margins
      2. Resizing columns
      3. Straddling cells
    4. Working with titles
      1. Adding a title to a table
      2. Deleting a table’s title
    5. Ruling styles
      1. Defining ruling styles
      2. Fine-tuning table ruling
      3. Saving a new table format
    6. Custom ruling and shading
    7. Review questions
    8. Review answers
  13. 10. Adding Cross-References and Footnotes
    1. Getting started
    2. Internal cross-references
      1. Viewing a paragraph cross-reference
      2. Inserting a cross-reference
      3. Displaying the source of a cross-reference
    3. External cross-references
      1. Add troubleshooting.fm to your workspace
    4. Footnotes
      1. Inserting footnotes
      2. Changing how footnotes look
        1. Removing the separator line
        2. Changing footmote pagination
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  14. 11. Generating Books
    1. Getting started
    2. Book file basics
      1. Creating a book file
      2. Adding documents to the book
      3. Opening files from the book window
    3. Table of contents
      1. Adding a table of contents
      2. Generating the table of contents
    4. Pagination and numbering
      1. Setting up page numbering
      2. Fixing the pagination
    5. Making book format changes
      1. Changing the TOC layout
      2. Adding a title
      3. Formatting TOC entries
        1. Changing the contents of entries
      4. Changing paragraph formats
      5. Adding tab leader dots
    6. Review questions
    7. Review answers
  15. 12. Creating Indexes
    1. Getting started
    2. Adding an index to a book
    3. Formatting the index
      1. Changing the page layout
      2. Formatting main entries
      3. Formatting subentries
      4. Formatting group titles
    4. Adding and editing index entries
      1. Adding primary and secondary index entries
      2. Editing index entries
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  16. 13. Conditional Text
    1. Viewing conditional text
    2. Adding and managing conditional text
      1. Setting up the document
      2. Creating condition tags
      3. Adding conditional text
    3. Tagging text as you type
    4. Saving versions of conditional documents
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  17. 14. Working with Hypertext and PDF
    1. Creating a hypertext TOC and index
      1. Including links in a TOC and index
      2. Using a hypertext TOC and index
      3. Testing a cross-reference link
      4. Formatting a hypertext cross-reference
    2. Saving as HTML
    3. Saving as PDF
    4. Review questions
    5. Review answers