Unicode Integration in Adobe FrameMaker 8.0

This tutorial explores the possibilities with Unicode Integration in FrameMaker 8.0. Unicode is the technical basis of worldwide creation and documentation workflows. The Unicode text encoding standard lets you author content in multiple languages, and is now supported nearly everywhere in FrameMaker 8.0. This means that you are able to create, modify and exchange Unicode documents and content in FrameMaker 8.0.


To follow along with this article, you need this software:

Prerequisite knowledge:

Working with Unicode content

  1. In FrameMaker 8.0, choose File > Open and select the Unicode.fm file. Click Open.
  2. This is a document featuring several different languages. On the first page there is text written in English, on the second page there is text written in Russian, on the third page there is a Polish text, and on the fourth page there is a Slovakian text.

  3. Go to the second page and highlight the heading in the Russian text.
  4. Select Special > Marker.
  5. The Marker dialog opens up (see Figure 1). The Russian text is now displayed in the Marker text window. You are now able to create an Index marker.

    Image 1

    Figure 1: The Marker dialog displays the selected Russian text.

Using the Find/Change tool

In FrameMaker 8.0, the enhanced Unicode support also lets you use the Find/Change tool.

  1. Highlight a portion of the the Russian text.
  2. Choose Edit >Copy.
  3. Scroll to the first page, and click next to the English heading, General Information.
  4. Choose Edit > Find/Change.
  5. As you can see the Russian text is already displayed in the Find/Change dialog. (see Figure 2)

    Image 2

    Figure 2: The Find/Change dialog

  6. Click Find.
  7. FrameMaker finds the Russian text in the document. This is only possible with the extensive Unicode integration in FrameMaker 8.0.

Copy and Paste

Another new important feature regarding Unicode is that Unicode is now supported in the clipboard. This is important because it is not uncommon that other applications are used in the authoring process.

  1. Scroll down to the end of the page and click to add a new paragraph.
  2. Open the file Russian.html in a browser window, and highlight the first paragraph.
  3. Right click and choose Copy from the menu.
  4. Return to FrameMaker, choose Edit > Paste Special.
  5. Choose Unicode Text and click OK. (see Figure 3)
  6. Image 3

    Figure 3: Choose Unicode Text from the Paste Special dialog.

    The text from the clipboard has now been added to the document. The Unicode information was not lost in the process of cutting and pasting between Word and FrameMaker.

    It is now time to publish the document as a PDF.

Save as PDF

  1. Choose File> Save as PDF...
  2. The PDF Setup dialog appears.

  3. Click the Bookmarks Tab.
  4. Click the Generate PDF Bookmarks square so that it is checked.
  5. Image 2

    Figure 4: Click the checkbox to generate PDF bookmarks

  6. Click Set.
  7. Adobe Acrobat Distiller goes to work and creates the PDF, complete with Unicode headings, text and bookmarks.

Where to go from here

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