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Color Views Common Conventions?

Community Expert ,
Apr 13, 2011 Apr 13, 2011

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Arnis Gubins: ... so that the "Invisible Text" is seen in (say) View 6 and set to "Invisible" in View 1 ...

It appears that CV (Color Views) does indeed work for three main elements we need to twiddle in every document:

  • authoring-only information (Invisible for all publication modes)
  • masking graphical elements (Cutout for all publication modes)
  • web nav (Invisible only for print publication)

So the question arises, what standardized Views to use. If a random CV-aware Frameuser took over these documents, what "best practices" might they expect to see?

My inclination is to use:

  1. Web publication
  2. Print publication
  3. <reserved for future use>
  4. <reserved for future use>
  5. <reserved for future use>
  6. Authoring/draft mode

What say ye?

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Participant ,
Apr 07, 2015 Apr 07, 2015

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@Error 7103,

Did you get any follow-up on this, maybe offline?

I like the idea of another way to support single-sourcing without having to use conditions for everything.

Best,

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LEGEND ,
Apr 07, 2015 Apr 07, 2015

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Just keep in mind that toggling something to invisible leaves the original space, whereas using a Condition forces FM to reflow the content over the space that the hidden conditional content occupied. This could have a substantial impact on the visual appearance of your documents depending upon the output route required.

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Apr 07, 2015 Apr 07, 2015

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@Arnis Gubins,

Thanks! That one fact might sway my decision.

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Community Expert ,
Apr 08, 2015 Apr 08, 2015

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re: Just keep in mind that toggling something to invisible leaves the original space, whereas using a Condition forces FM to reflow the content

Concur, and that was the rule I developed after mooting this CV list.

Use Color Views for "conditional" content where reflow is not required or not desired.

Use Condition Codes for conditional content where reflow is required/desired, or you ran out of CVs.

We also ended up using CV 5 for "Review" edition, showing the rough/draft/review/proof/final indicator and some other stewardship content like timestamp.

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Nov 23, 2022 Nov 23, 2022

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7 years later, and I'm still using CVs for edition presentation control, using this convention:
1. PDF ebook (paged)
2. print edition (.ps or press-ready PDF)
3. XML/HTML (unpaged)
4. other eBook (unpaged)
5. Review
6. Authoring mode (all special colors Normal)

 

CV is a legacy feature, still present in FM, that is unknown to many users. It's not had any enhancement attention, and could use some, as:
a. there are only 6 states, and
b. they are just numbered states, and can't be assigned names
So documenting them in the project's 00_template.fm file is key (another personal convention, and that file provides a source to bulk-import/apply Color Settings to the whole project).

 

A recent book used CV to control visibility of elements for author-only metas, header/footer on (paged), header/footer nav links, hypertext/URLs generally, pub date, draft timestamp, content defined by Variables.

 

And for some thread clarity, my forum username pre-2015 was "Error7103".

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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Yes, you expalined it very well for CV. Can it also be worked for posting images cut outs on the website elementor?

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