FrameMaker 10′s Config File Maker Wizard – Modifying XML Attribute Choice Options

What we are going to talk about today is another example of how Adobe FrameMaker 10 is all about increasing your productivity in an XML workflow. There is a host of enhancements and improvements. If you watch the video below, you will see how easy it is to add an attribute value choice parameter through a pull down menu across all instances of the attribute in your structure.

Here is the example. DITA has an audience attribute. This attribute can have any string value as per the DITA Spec. In reality, you probably want to limit the information that gets placed in the attribute to a specified list. This way you will have a much easier time filtering your content.

This is starting to make sense, but those of you who know how to create choice attribute values in your edd may say that this sounds like it’s just good for beginners. This is not the case. If you want to create a choice pull down for all instances of the audience attribute and not use this wizard, it’s going to take you a real long time. Using the Config File Maker wizard cuts that time down to minutes and you can reuse the config file that you make on many different projects.

This is a very powerful tool. Enjoy the video and spread the word.

http://www.aldousxml.com/Adobe/ConfigFileMaker/ConfigFileMaker.htm