I have years of experience with DITA but structured/unstructured Framemaker is new to me.
I am trying to style PDF output from DITA using the native Frame template/rendering engines (i.e. not the DITA-OT) in FM 2017.
I've been using the 'Save Ditamap as" > "Book 2017 with Framemaker Components" workflow. I've hit three stumbling blocks:
For questions 1 and 2, is there a way to customize the list of components generated when converting?
For question 3, how can I adjust the mapping between bookmap elements/subelements and unstructuted Frame variables used in templates?
You should find the process in Fm 2019 to be much more intuitive and discoverable than in previous versions. In Fm 2017 you need to edit INI files, where in Fm 2019 there is a config wizard.
Hi Matt and Amitoj,
Does 2019 completely remove the need to use the ditafm-output.INI file? (please say yes)
I see in the PDF publish dialog there's a tab for DITA Template, so imagine that removes the need for INI to point to the template files? What about numbering rules and such - can that be handled by the wizard as well?
No it does not. Some of the settings now in dialogue for PDF settings are overridden however other settings come from ditamfm-output.ini
Even if not completely, it sure is a lot easier to manage now!
Matt, do you still offer the EDD training course? Seems like EDD is where the magic happens, but then it is not clear what is handled by the template and what is handled by the EDD. You can send me a message offline if you'd rather reply there. Thanks.
HI Matt, yes I do, and actually was submitting the Fm 2019 Authoring book to my publisher yesterday. (Haven't gotten through updating the EDD book for 2019 yet)
I'll PM you about the EDD class/course options.