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Imported graphics: best practice?

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Jul 18, 2016

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Jeff,

   In Re: Disappearing FM 2015 File (message 10), you asked "Do all your docs have imported graphics (btw, not best practices) ....?"

I was surprised at the parenthetical remark. Advantages of imported graphics include:

  1. They help modularize a publishing process so that a graphic artist can concentrate on drawings without needing to learn an other aspects of the publishing process (such as how to use FrameMaker) while a technical writer need not remember to import new graphics each time an update becomes available.
  2. Furthermore, if the publishing organization or its customer requires a database of graphics, it is easy to access graphics from the database or to create a database from the imported graphics in the FrameMaker document.
  3. A generated list of referenced graphics makes it easy to confirm that all required graphics are included in a document, that no graphic is unnecessarily used multiple times, and that all graphics are stored at the appropriate location.

Yes, updates to graphics need to be coordinated with the editing/updating process in general, but that is always the case. I make no claim that imported graphics are always the best approach, but they are in many situations.

Looking forward to your response,

      --Lynne

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Imported graphics: best practice?

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Jeff,

   In Re: Disappearing FM 2015 File (message 10), you asked "Do all your docs have imported graphics (btw, not best practices) ....?"

I was surprised at the parenthetical remark. Advantages of imported graphics include:

  1. They help modularize a publishing process so that a graphic artist can concentrate on drawings without needing to learn an other aspects of the publishing process (such as how to use FrameMaker) while a technical writer need not remember to import new graphics each time an update becomes available.
  2. Furthermore, if the publishing organization or its customer requires a database of graphics, it is easy to access graphics from the database or to create a database from the imported graphics in the FrameMaker document.
  3. A generated list of referenced graphics makes it easy to confirm that all required graphics are included in a document, that no graphic is unnecessarily used multiple times, and that all graphics are stored at the appropriate location.

Yes, updates to graphics need to be coordinated with the editing/updating process in general, but that is always the case. I make no claim that imported graphics are always the best approach, but they are in many situations.

Looking forward to your response,

      --Lynne

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Sorry, I wasn’t clear enough – import by reference is the best practice; import by copying the graphic into your docs is not.

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Ah, glad we got that clarified!

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