The FM log gave a message after I imported the element definitions (EDD) file: "Importing to book; no automatic format creating of new paragraph format (ss-StepSub). I received this message for the several other formats that I have. Is FM just informing me or is this an error that must be addressed?
This is just information, not an error. Formats are never created when an EDD is imported into a book.
In your EDD you can choose to Create formats on Import, or not. Look for the CreateFormats element near the start of the EDD.
This feature creates any Paragraph or Character formats that are referenced in the EDD, but not already in the target document. Of course FrameMaker does not know how you want to format these newly created formats, so you have to do that yourself.
Thank you for the answer Ian!
It is informative only. During the process of EDD import, you have the option to let FrameMaker automatically generate paragraph and character formats referenced in the EDD if they do not currently exist in the target file(s). They are just generic formats... the system doesn't know anything about how you want them to actually look. Anyway, it can't create formats for a book, so it gives you those warnings.
You can turn off the auto-generate option by inserting a DoNotCreateFormats element near the beginning of your EDD.
Thank you Russ!