Designing templates in FrameMaker (Part 5)

In this blog post series, Asit Pant, a veteran technical communicator and FrameMaker community member, guides you through the main steps in the process of creating a FrameMaker template. The information in this series is targeted mainly toward creating unstructured templates, but many parts of it also apply to structured templates.

In this short blog post, we will discuss ‘Headings with Text.’ Well, I am aware that (almost) all headings have text, but here we are talking about headings that have some specific text added to them automatically, without you having to type that text. For example, “Note:” or  “WARNING:” . So, you just type the actual note (or warning) without having to type the text “Note”. This is simple, and there is no math involved. Just type the text that you want to appear automatically in the Autonumber field.

That’s it. Every time you apply this paragraph tag, the text “NOTE:” will appear automatically.

Wait, there’s more! If you use this post today, we’ll throw in a formatting tip free of cost. Here it is: You can make the text bold (or italic or underline) as in “NOTE:” For this, use a character format in the Autonumbering properties dialog box. To define a character format use Format > Character Designer, and create a format that uses a boldface font. Specify this format in the numbering properties of Paragraph Designer.

So, there you have it. Your bullets, numbers and auto-text entries shiny and ready to use. And, even if setting this up was not nearly as easy as 1, 2, 3, using the paragraph tags will be. And, the users of your templates will thank you for that.

Earlier in this blog post series…

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