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FMN DITA .. refers to the DITA support that is provided by default in FM9 and FM8.

DITA-FMx .. is a plugin that provides extended DITA authoring support for FM9, FM8, FM7.2 and FM7.1. More info...

Submitted by: Marsha Lofthouse (2008-03-17)

TAGS:  Authoring, FM8 DITA, DITA-FMx 0.0, DITA-FMx 1.0, FM 7.1, FM 7.2
SUMMARY:  Specializing Your EDD and FrameMaker Template Files
ISSUE:  After you've created a specialization, how to you get FrameMaker to use it?
SOLUTION:  Prerequisite:
Create a specialization using Eliot Kimber's tutorial or any method you choose. The tutorial is available here:
Video: http://media.skybuilders.com/DITA/KimberSpecialization/
Slides: http://www.ditausers.org/tutorials/specialization/KimberBDUG.ppt

Note: This procedure assumes that you reference FrameMaker paragraph and character tags to define formatting in your EDD. These paragraph and character tags are then defined in your template. That way, you can define different templates for different outputs without having to create new EDDs.

1) Clone the default apps that come with DITA-FMx. For specific instructions, see "Customizing the Default Structure Applications" in The Using DITA-FMx help file located here:

2) In your new DITA-MyCo folder (or whatever you named it), locate and open the topic-template.fm file. If you made no changes to the file structure, it will be in the Topic subfolder. Add any new paragraph and/or character tags necessary for your specialization. Save your template file and leave your template file open.

3) In the same folder, locate and open the topic.edd.fm file. Add any new specialized elements. The easiest way to do this is to copy the element from which the specialization was made, and make any changes necessary, including formatting changes.

4) Import your EDD into your topic-template.fm file.

5) Repeat steps 2 through 5 for book.template.fm file located in the Book subfolder.

6) Open a new file, tell it to use your new structured application, and test, test, test.