FrameMaker's XML capabilities

I took one of the structured documents created in FrameMaker and outputted

it to XML in each of two ways. The native method is simply to save the file

as XML. No options were presented as we did this, and the resulting XML

document, as viewed with default settings in Microsoft Internet Explorer

5.0, apparently didn't benefit from the reference mappings discussed above.

Also missing were the numeric level identifiers that had been included automatically

as defined in the document's EDD and the graphic elements. A glance at the

XML source file showed that the element tags were still there, however.

Apparently there just weren't equivalents to map them to in an XML template.

Outputting the document via WebWorks Publisher produced better results,

in terms of both appearance and utility. First, I was afforded the opportunity

to approve or alter the element mappings for the conversion. It was not

possible to create new elements in the XML template for this mapping, but

I could select from those offered. Second, the converted file displayed

a much higher level of format retention, and even displayed the numeric

level identifiers, tables and a drawing accurately.

Other new FrameMaker features

* WebWorks Publisher Standard Edition, providing mapping of FrameMaker

elements to Extensible Markup Language and HTML elements within conversion

templates; automatic generation of cascading style sheets.

* Enhanced Portable Document Format output capabilities with Acrobat

Distiller on Windows, Macintosh and Solaris operating systems, including

automatic bookmarks based on headings, tables of contents, indexes, placement

of PDF image on a FrameMaker page as a graphic, and structured PDF documents.

* Improved book building interface including drag-and-drop functionality;

find and replace; spell checking; running headers/footers; page numbering

across files in a book; automatic numbering properties for chapters, volumes,

paragraphs, footnotes and tables; and easier automated tables of contents,

indexes and lists of tables, figures and graphics.

* Improved view of properties for conditional text.

* FrameMaker 6.0 for Windows now uses the standard Windows Help system.


Frame Maker+ SGML 6.0

Score: B+

Adobe Systems Inc.

(800) 833-6687

FrameMaker+SGML is $1,449 for Windows, Macintosh and Unix operatingsystems. FrameMaker without SGML is $799 for Windows and Macintosh, and$1,399 for Unix. Government/volume discounts are available at the distributor'sdiscretion.

Improvements in electronic output formats and book building make thisan appealing upgrade. FrameMaker also offers features beyond those discussedin this review, including provisions for document management and versioncontrol, the ability to import files from major word processing programswith good format retention, and the availability of Adobe FrameViewer forelectronic viewing of documents in the program's native format.

Main story: "FrameMaker makes hard work easier to bear" [Federal Computer Week, July 24, 2000]

BY Tom Marshall
July 24, 2000

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