FrameMaker's XML capabilities
- By Tom Marshall
- Jul 24, 2000
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.