FrameMaker Book-Building Project

The following is a project to plan, design, format, and build a book on a computer hardware product.

The goal of this project is for you to get some experience developing a template with both paragraph and character tags, formatting text using those tags, creating cross-references, creating index entries, generating tables of contents and indexes, building an entire book

Here is an alternative book-formatting project, which may be less labor intensive:

Book format 2 .

Here's a model of what you are creating: brief user guide. It was developed in FrameMaker then output to PDF. It lacks a glossary and index, but all other pieces of a typical user guide are in place. Your goal is to create a book in FrameMaker that looks as much like this model as possible.

Book-Building Source Files

Here are the source graphics for this project:

Note: Put these graphics in a subdirectory to the directory in which you keep the FrameMaker document files. Name this subdirectory /graphics. (This will eliminate having to send all those graphics, which your instructor already has.)

Book-Building Guidelines

Here are the guidelines for the book-building project:

Note: If you find errors, omissions, or design problems in the following specifications, correct them according to your design sense.

Book components and sequence. Plan to develop a book that has these components in this order:

  1. Front cover (one page)
  2. Title page (combine with edition notice as two-page document)
  3. Edition notice (back side of title page)
  4. Table of contents (two-page document)
  5. Chapters 1—4 (all chapters end on even page)
  6. Back cover (one-page document)

Graphics. As you format the chapters, import the graphics "by reference." In other words, when you click File > Import > File and select a graphic to import, use the default setting Import by Reference. This enables your FrameMaker files to load and save more efficiently. When you send this project to your instructor, send just the FrameMaker documents—not the graphics.

Put these graphics in a subdirectory to the directory in which you keep the FrameMaker document files. Name this subdirectory /graphics. (This will eliminate having to send all those graphics, which your instructor already has.)

Page size and master pages. Here are the requirements:

Pagination and page numbering. Here are the requirements (which are easier to see in the PDF):

Note: Wait until you have defined the paragraph tags, especially for footers, before placing page numbers and footer text.

Character tags. Develop the following individual character tags:

Note: As you develop these tags, watch out for settings from preceding tags copying over into your new tags. This can occur if you write over the name of a tag you just created and apply only the settings indicated below. For example, if you create a bulleted0 tag, then write over its name with paragraph0, and apply just the settings below to the paragraph0 tag, that paragraph0 tag will include bullets.

chap_num Lithograph Light 48pt, bolded, white (in blue-shaded graphic box). You are not likely to find Lithograph font within FrameMaker: use a similar font or one that you like. (You can download Lithograph for free, but other software gets installed on your computer. Ick.)
chapter_label Arial Black 9pt, black, 20% spread (use this tag on CHAPTER in the blue chapter-number box).
color_num Arial Black 12pt; blue (use on numbers of numbered-step items throughout)
footer_text Garamond 9pt (used in paragraph tag right_ and left_page_number)
if_clause Garamond 11pt, italic (used in paragraph tag problem0)
warning_label Arial Black 12pt; blue
important_label Arial Black 12pt; black (used in paragraph tag important0 and important025)
note_label Times New Roman 11pt; italic, bold, black (used in paragraph tag note0)
mac_symbol WingDings 11pt; black (in Wingdings the letter z is the Mac symbol)
square_bullet WingDings 12pt; black (use the letter n)
left_pointer WingDings3 (use the letter t), or Webdings (use the numeral 4) 12pt black

Paragraph tags. Develop the following individual paragraph tags:

chapter_title Garamond, 36pt bold with 70% stretch; 18pt space below pgf; 43pt line spacing; black
chapter_numeral Lithograph Light (or similar) 48pt, bolded, white (this will appear in the blue-shaded graphic box). Include <$chapnum> in the Autonumbering blank under the Numbering tab.
head1 Arial Black 12 pt, blue; 10pt space above pgf and 7pt space below pgf
head2 Arial Black 10 pt, blue; 12pt space above pgf and 9pt space below pgf
paragraph0 Garamond, 11pt; 5pt space below pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation
paragraph025 Garamond, 11pt; 0.25in left-indent; 12pt space above pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation
bullet0 Garamond, 11pt; 0.25-inch left-indent, 0.25-in tab, 0-inch first-line indent; 2pt space below pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation. Use character style square_bullet for bullet symbol.
problem1 Arial Black, 9pt; 9pt space above pgf and 3pt space below pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation. (Used for problem statements in troublshooting chapter.)
number0 Garamond, 11pt; 0.25-inch left-indent, 0.25-in tab, 0-inch first-line indent; 6pt space below pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation. Use character style color_number for the list number.
number_first Garamond, 11pt; 0.25-inch left-indent, 0.25-in tab, 0-inch first-line indent; 6pt space below pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation. Set n=1 to force list number to equal 1. Use character style color_number for the list number.
anchored_frame0 0-inch left and first margins; 12pt space below pgf. Use for images only
anchored_frame025 0.25-inch left and first margins; 12pt space below pgf. Use for images only
note0 Garamond, 11pt; 5pt space below pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation. Use "Note:" in the Autonumber box and apply character style note_label.
important0 Garamond, 11pt; 0-inch left margin; 12pt space above pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation. Use "Important" in the Autonumber box and apply character style important_label.
important025 Garamond, 11pt; 0.25-inch first and left margins; 12pt space above pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation. Use "Important" in the Autonumber box and apply character style important_label.
warning0 Garamond, 11pt; 0-inch first and left margin; 11pt space above pgf and 5pt space below pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation. Use "Warning" in the Autonumber box and apply character style warning_label.
warning025 Garamond, 11pt; 0.25-inch first and left margin; 11pt space above pgf and 5pt space below pgf; 11pt line spacing; no hyphenation. Use "Warning" in the Autonumber box and apply character style warning_label.
left_page_number Arial Black 9pt black; left-aligned before text footer (chapter number). Use character style footer_text on text.
right_page_number Arial Black 9pt black; right-aligned after text footer (chapter number). Use character style footer_text on text.
table_cell0 Garamond, 11pt black; no hyphenation.
table_title Arial Black, 9pt white (on blue-shaded cell background); 9pt margin space below pgf; no hyphenation.
cover_title Garamond 48pt black centered; 42pt line spacing; no hyphenation.
copyright_line Garamond 11pt black bold.
edition_notice_title Garamond 11pt black, 9pt line spacing, 24pt space below pgf; no hyphenation.
edition_notice_text Garamond 9pt black, 9pt line spacing, 4pt space below pgf; no hyphenation.
chapter_titleTOC Times New Roman bold 10pt black; first- and left-indent 0.25 inch. (Remember chapter_titleTOC is the tag that FrameMaker generates.)
TOCFirstLevelEntry Arial 12pt bolded blue; (Remember TOCFirstLevelEntry is the tag that FrameMaker generates.)
head1TOC Times New Roman 10pt black; first- and left-indent 0.25 inch. (Remember head1TOC is the tag that FrameMaker generates.)

General requirements. Here they are:

Send This Project to Your Instructor

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