I recently contributed an article on my favorite FrameMaker tips to Indus, the newsletter of the India chapter of STC. Check out the article here!
Formats, also commonly called styles, are the mainstay of FrameMaker documents. A little thought applied to naming formats carefully while designing templates could save writers a lot of time later. Well-named FrameMaker styles also save time and when you choose to migrate your documentation to Structured FrameMaker, since styles can be mapped more readily with their corresponding XML elements.
In particular, the following recommendations around naming FM formats are useful:
Although elements in structured authoring environments work differently than formats, you will find some of these naming conventions useful in naming elements as well.This topic in FrameMaker 9 Web Help gives you the more information on to creating and managing paragraph and character styles. You can create new styles in FM9 in much the same way as you did in earlier FrameMaker versions. Just that the redesigned Paragraph Designer makes things a lot easier and intuitive!Also, the Paragraph Designer in FM9 is part of a larger group of docked panels that make it easier for you to create templates. Besides formats, you can manage conditional text tags, tables, markers, and cross-references all from this docked group of panels. Catch a glimpse of it below!