Re: Are you using chapter or topic files with the DITA EDD?
- Hi, Hedley --
Our Idiom WorldServer OpenTopic users are employing your approach #1.
That is, they use FrameMaker to write individual topics (topic,
concept, task, etc.). They then construct ditamaps or bookmaps to
assemble these topics into a final deliverable. Our XSL transforms
start each chapter on a new, right-hand page, but within a chapter
text flows continuously.
Idiom Technologies, Inc.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, hedley.finger@m... wrote:
> A problem with FrameMaker is that book components always start on a new
> page when you print a book (or generate a PDF). If a publication
> of topic files, how are you getting a new "section" to run into the last
> page of the previous "section" that only occupies a few lines on the
> That is, if the new section does not run on but starts a new page, then
> almost an entire page is wasted at the end of the previous section.
> So how are readers of this list solving the problem:
> 1 Use FrameMaker as an editor only of single topics, i.e. not using
> book files to assemble topics and generate PDFs. Instead, in this
> approach, you would use the DITA toolchain with map files (as
> equivalents of FM *.book files) to generate PDFs and HTML Help.
> 2 Hack the ditabase DTD to create an Uber container, i.e. a
> higher-level <chapter> or <appendix> element which contains
> <topic>, <task>, <concept> or <reference> elements as children.
> That is, all <topic>, etc. sections are contained within a single
> or appendix file, itself a component of a book file, so you
> use FrameMaker in the normal way to generate PDFs, but the DITA
> toolchain to generate HTML Help.
> 3 Same as (2), but using text insets to insert the <topic>, <task>,
> <concept> or <reference> elements within a <chapter> or
> <appendix> element which is itself a book component.
> There are problems with all of these approaches but (2) and (3) would
> appear to create problems with cross-references. Any comments? Is
> using a content management system for managing versions and topics? Do
> files stored in the CMS = chapters, etc. or topics?
> Hedley Finger
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