Adobe FrameMaker Tags (Styles)

It's not entirely accurate to refer to Flare "tags." Flare is heavily CSS stylesheet oriented, and so you "apply styles" to text. However, after twenty or so years of referring to them as "tags," FrameMaker has changed to calling them "styles." The distinction may be useless.

In any case, the functions are so different, let's save this topic for the Flare stylesheet unit.

Resources

Character Tags

When you complete the tasks in the following, send the FrameMaker file to your instructor. Go to Lorem ipsum if you need "dummy text."

Note: When you send FrameMaker practice files, attach them individually to your e-mail (not a zip). Name them in such a way that I can easily recognize which practice item they correspond to.

Enter about twenty paragraphs of text in a FrameMaker document so that you can experiment with character and paragraph tags.

  1. Select some text in one of the paragraphs, open the Character Catalog, and apply the Emphasis tag. Do this three more times to other words or phrases on the same page.
  2. Select one of the words or phrases you tagged with the Emphasis tag, open the Character Designer, and change that tag's color to blue. Click Apply. (Only the selected instance of the Emphasis tag should turn blue.)
  3. Open the Character Designer, change the Emphasis tag's color to blue. Click Update All. (All instances of the Emphasis tag should turn blue.)
  4. Open the Character Designer and create character tags that will do the following:
    • Make the selected text a different font.
    • Make the selected text bold.
    • Make the selected text italic.
    • Make the selected text red.
    • Make the selected text a different font size.
    • Make the selected text spread or stretch.
    • Place an underline under the selected text.
    • Place a bar over the top of the selected text.
    • Make the selected text superscript or subscript.
    • Make the selected text be displayed in small caps.
    • Make the selected text be displayed in lowercase letters.
    • Make the selected text be displayed in uppercase letters.
  5. Apply each of the character tags you created in Step 4 to at least one word in the text.
  6. Create a character tag named Special. Set it up to use Courier New font, red color, and bold. Apply your Special character tag to several instances of selected text.
  7. Change your Special character tag to blue, click Update All, and check to see that all instances of the Special tag turn blue as well.

Paragraph Tags

  1. Place your cursor in one of the paragraphs, open the Paragraph Catalog, and apply the Body paragraph tag.
  2. Select three other paragraphs and apply the Bulleted paragraph tag.
  3. Select three other paragraphs and apply the Numbered paragraph tag.
  4. Move to the end of the third Numbered paragraph, press Enter, and apply the Body tag to that paragraph.
  5. Copy the three Numbered paragraphs, paste them after the Body paragraph you just created, place your cursor on the first of these new Numbered paragraphs, open the Paragraph Designer, make that first Numbered paragraph start at 1, and click Apply. (Notice the asterisk indicating the "override" on this paragraph tag.)
  6. Create a new paragraph tag named Test. Base it on the Body paragraph tag. Apply the Test paragraph tag to one paragraph in your document, and then use the Paragraph Designer to make the following changes by using the Apply button only (not Update All):
    • Make the text of that paragraph a different font.
    • Make the text of that paragraph bold.
    • Make the text of that paragraph italic.
    • Make the text of that paragraph red.
    • Make the text of that paragraph a different font size.
    • Experiment with different indents, spacing above and below, line spacing, alignment, and tab options.
    • Experiment with Spread, Stretch, and Language, the different underline options, Strikethrough, Overbar, Superscript/Subscript, and Small Caps/Lowercase/Uppercase options.
    • Under the Pagination tab, experiment with the Start and the Keep With options.
    • Under the Advanced tab, turn off hyphenation for a paragraph.
  7. Create a paragraph tag named Special with the following characteristics: Courier New font, red color, and bold. Apply your Special paragraph tag to a paragraph.
  8. Create another paragraph tag named Code with the following characteristics: Courier New font, blue color, and regular roman (no special typography). Set the Next Pgf Tag setting to Body. Apply your Code paragraph tag to a paragraph and press Enter at the end of the paragraph to make sure that the next paragraph uses the Body tag.
  9. Create paragraph tags that will create a second-level (nested) list, following the instructions in the character and paragraph tags chapter of Mastering Adobe FrameMaker. Following these instructions, create a numbered list with a second-level (nested) list in your document.
  10. Create two paragraph tags and name them Figure and TableName. Set their autonumbering properties so they will sequentially number figures and tables in your document. Use series labels in the autonumbering format so the numbers will increment correctly. (HINT: Since FrameMaker's Table Title paragraph tag uses T: for its series, choose another series label for your TableName tag).

Note: If you can't figure out how to do any of these tasks, post a note to the open forum for the class.

Designed by davidm@austincc.edu.