There was a "point pages" feature in FrameMaker that freezes the number of pages, and when revisions cause new pages to be added the new pages are numbered 1.a, 1.b and so forth. In other words, the original page numbers are not changed, and any new pages are numbered with the same number as the previous page plus a dot a, b, c.
I tried "point pages" in FrameMaker 12, but it didn't work correctly and there is no documentation that I can find.
Does FrameMaker 12 have such a feature? Is there a workaround?
Can you elaborate on what you meant by "it didn't work correctly"?
The freeze pages option (<esc> p z) has been deprecated for quite a while, but it is still active and undocumented. This action turns all pages into disconnected pages, so ultimately, it becomes a maintenance nightmare if you have to do substantial revisions.
Rick Quatro tried doing a pointpages plug-in a while ago, but, IIRC, he gave up on it due to the complexity of this topic.
What I mean by 'didn't work' is that if more text is added to page 1, point pages appear as they should. If more text is added to any page other than page 1, point pages don't appear and I get a black line at the end of the column indicating overset text.
I was told that Interleaf has this feature and it works well, but I've not used that program myself.
I was hoping that FrameMaker 12 could do something similar -- or that someone might know a workaround.
> I was told that Interleaf has this feature and it works well, but I've not used that program myself.
You'll need to be cautious about that advice. Interleaf, per se, hasn't been available under that name for some 14 years now.
Interleaf was rebranded as QuickSilver shortly after the 2000 acquisition by BroadVision.
Given that FM's Freeze Pages feature converts what is usually a monolithic flow into disconnected pages, I think if I had to support a document like that, I'd make each page a separate file (chapter), and let each file have a normal connected flow with an "X.#" page numbering in the footer, where X might come in from the file name, a variable, a cross-reference or simply be hand-typed.