> I am looking for detailed technical information on how to interwork
> Structured FrameMaker and XML. Primarily, how to export cross-
> references among files in a FrameMaker book to XML. And how to import
> them back into FrameMaker. The intent here is to create a library of
> XML files from existing FrameMaker documents,use the XML environment to
> update content (by those who do not have access to FrameMaker) and then
> use FrameMaker to re-package and publish documents. Does anyone know
> any reference documentation, examples, or other forums that I can learn
> about this domain?
In FrameMaker jargon, this is called an "application." Such an
application consists of templates, a DTD, an EDD (basically a
DTD+stylesheet combination) and any number (including zero) of
"APIs" (plug-ins) and external scripts.
There are several ways to go about creating an application:
0) Use one of the included applications (XHTML, DocBook, DITA)
that come with Frame. It's likely you'll have to modify them
heavily before they would be useful, though.
1) Pay a consultant to deliver a turnkey solution. This is
expensive and (if done right) time-consuming.
2) Pay for a trainer to teach you how to develop and maintain
an application. This is probably the best approach. Once
you've done this, you might want to dig into one of the
included applications mentioned in (0).
3) Roll up your sleeves, spit on your hands, and wade in.
The "Structured Applications Developers Guide" in Frame's
OnlineManuals directory is fairly useful to learn what
you're getting into.
Larry Kollar, Senior Technical Writer, ARRIS CPE Products
"Content creators are the engine that drives
value in the information life cycle."
-- Barry Schaeffer, on XML-Doc