Enforces a consistent organization of information
You can create a structured application to ensure that a bulleted list must contain at least two items. Or an image must include a caption.
Automatically validates the organization of information
FrameMaker provides visual cues to indicate when the structure of a document is broken.
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Consistency of content
Imposing structure results in improved consistency of content across multiple documents in a document-set.
Supports content reuse
FrameMaker provides user interface based content reuse functionality such as DITAVAL, Filter By Attribute, relationship tables, to allow users to easily reuse content.
Supports metadata to add information to documents
Besides content such as text and images, you can also associate metadata with a structured document. For example, the author of a document. You can also use attributes to associate metadata with specific elements in a document. The Filter by Attribute feature in FrameMaker allows you to set attribute values and then filter the content in a structured document based on these attributes.
Separating content and formatting
The writers focus on content. Formatting and the appearance of the final output is controlled by the publishing workflow. For example, print output may use a different font from online.
However, FrameMaker supports formatting in structured applications. This implies that the FrameMaker structured authoring environment displays formatted content. This provides visual cues to users regarding the formatting of a document.
Reduces localization effort
Since structured document separate formatting from content, the use of localization technologies substantially reduce localization effort and cost.