Use the Structured FrameMaker mode for documents that need to adhere to a structure. The structure is defined in terms of the elements that are available to the document as well as the valid location of these elements in the structure.
Every part of a document, for example, a paragraph, a section, a topic, or a table, is expressed as an element. When you create a structured document, you need to ensure that every element is present at a structurally valid location. Structured authoring ensures consistency of structure across similar pieces of content.
Following are some examples of structural rules:
•A bulleted list must contain at least three items
•A heading must be followed by a paragraph.
•A table must have a heading row.
•A graphic must have a caption.
A typical workflow for structured authoring in FrameMaker comprises the following tasks:
•Create individual structured documents or include multiple documents in a DITAmap or a book.
•Use the existing structured samples or create a custom structure based on EDDs or DTDs.
•Include the right elements to define the flow of content. Some elements also include formatting information that you can use to specify styles.
•The underlying structure ensures consistency across content in a multi-author environment.
•Use the Elements catalog or keyboard shortcuts to insert new elements for text, images, tables, and other objects.
•Use the Structure view to navigate through your document and also move elements around. The Structure view also indicates the validity of your document against the underlying structure.
•Author in any of the supported formats:
–structured documents (.fm)
–XML documents (.xml)
note: You can also choose to work with unstructured documents in the Structured mode. All features of the FrameMaker mode are available in the Structured mode.