Who Should Attend: This course is suitable for anyone who needs to create or modify documents using structured FrameMaker templates. The course is also beneficial for template designers and application developers who need a working knowledge of the structured authoring environment.
Pre Requisites: None
Course Objectives: This 2 day course will enable the user to create and edit documents using structured FrameMaker templates. At the end of the course the user will feel confident with the authoring environment and the steps required to produce a valid document instance prior to export to SGML or XML.
Course Content: Overview of Structured FrameMaker: Understand the process involved when working with structured FrameMaker and explain the role of the FrameMaker Application File, DTD, EDD, and Structured Template.
Getting Started: Get up to speed quickly with the basic editing techniques of working with special characters, editing text, setting file and viewing preferences, navigation techniques, saving Documents as PDF, XML, SGML and HTML. Running the Spelling Checker and using Find and Change.
The Structured Environment: What is an Element and why do I need one? What is the purpose of the an Attribute? Find out how to set up the document window and structure view and discover when you should use one instead of the other. Learn quick ways of navigating around the structure view and setting up the Element Catalog.
Working with Text Elements: Create a document by inserting valid Elements. Edit an existing document structure by moving, wrapping, unwrapping, changing, splitting and merging Elements.
Attributes: Understanding what an Attribute is and how to edit them. Setting attribute view options. Setting attribute options on new elements.
Working Efficiently with Keyboard Shortcuts: Learn a small set of shortcuts to Insert, Wrap, Unwrap, Change and Nudge an Element.
Importing Files into a Structured Flow: Import a Structured Flow from another FrameMaker document into an existing file and correcting errors.
Validation: Run the validation tool through the document to check for any structural errors.
Object Elements: Inserting Cross-references, Variables, Graphics and Footnote elements. Manipulating the cross-reference dialog box. Understanding the role of the anchored frame. Inserting system and user variables.
Table Elements: Inserting Tables into a structured flow and editing the contents and structure of the table.
Indexing: Learn the syntax for marking text for an Index.
Book Building: Create a multi-file Book and set the Numbering and Pagination options across the files in the Book. Reorder the files in the book and update the book to ensure the integrity of the numbering and links.
Tables of Contents: Generate a TOC across the files in the book.
Formatting for Structured Documents
Creating Element Definition Documents (EDDs)
Importing and Exporting Structured Data