Structured FrameMaker: Building EDDs

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In this Structured FrameMaker training class, students will learn to create their own Element Definition Documents (EDDs) for defining structured templates.

  1. Learn to build Element Definition Documents (EDDs) in FrameMaker
  1. Building Element Definition Documents (EDDs) in FrameMaker
    1. Reviewing Templates and EDDs in FrameMaker
      1. Importing elements from and EDD
      2. Importing formatting and elements from a structured document
    2. Analyzing document structure in FrameMaker
      1. Listing document types
      2. Analyzing user manuals
      3. Breaking down the components of a user manual
      4. Completed analyses
    3. Modifying and creating EDDs in FrameMaker
      1. Modifying an EDD and updating your documents
      2. Creating an EDD file from a structured document
      3. Creating a new EDD
    4. Creating container elements in FrameMaker
      1. Setting up a top-level Chapter element
      2. Creating element definitions
      3. Setting up table definitions
    5. Creating object elements in FrameMaker
      1. Creating a system variable definition
      2. Creating a cross-reference element
      3. Setting an ID-based cross references
      4. Creating a graphic element definition
      5. Setting up graphics that require captions
      6. Creating a marker element definition
    6. Refining element definitions in FrameMaker
      1. Setting up inclusions for IndexEntry elements
      2. Setting up exclusions for IndexEntry elements
      3. Inserting children automatically
      4. Using prefixes and suffixes
    7. Assigning formatting to container elements in FrameMaker
      1. Assigning a paragraph tag to an element
      2. Assigning character tags to an element
      3. Using a format change list to assign formatting
    8. Writing context rules for complex formatting in FrameMaker
      1. Controlling formatting based on hierarchy level
      2. Setting up formatting rules for first-level headings
      3. Formatting ListItem elements based on the list type
      4. Assigning a marker type based on the document type
    9. Structuring unstructured FrameMaker documents
      1. Generating a structure rules table
      2. Building conversion rules for character tags
      3. Testing the conversion rules
      4. Building conversion rules for cross-references
      5. Building conversion rules for markers
      6. Building conversion rules for paragraphs and system variables
      7. Building conversion rules for tables
      8. Wrapping elements
      9. Identifying overrides during conversion
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Each student in our Live Online and our Onsite classes receives a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the class examples.

Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this FrameMaker class:

  • Experience with authoring structured documents in FrameMaker
  • XML
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