Adobe FrameMaker: List of Markers
by Barb Binder
One of my regular layout jobs has contributing authors who use a variety of accented characters in their writing. The chapter titles are set in all caps, and don’t need the accents, but the table of contents is set in upper & lower case, and does. How do I reconcile that issue? I create custom markers.
Here’s what I do:
- Select the chapter title.
- Open Special menu > Marker (Esc sm).
- Pick the Edit button from the Marker Type list, and add a short, descriptive name like TOC Title and click Add.
- Edit the Marker text to match what I want in the Table of Contents and click the New Marker button.
- I repeat the process for the byline as well.
- As I layout each additional chapter in my publication, I add the TOC Title and TOC Byline markers to each file.
When I’m ready to generate a Table of Contents, I don’t! I create a List of Markers (LOM), instead.
- In the book window, I choose Add > List of > Markers.
- Double click the custom marker(s) from the Don’t Include list to scoot it over to the Include Markers of Type list.
- Everything else is exactly like creating a generated TOC, but the suffix will be LOM (list of markers).
Pretty cool. I use this whenever I need to modify the TOC entries from the source documents. Luckily it doesn’t come up all that often in my work, but when it does, I love my LOMs!
Note: Some of the chapter titles in my docs are so long that they wrap to 2 or even 3 lines on the Table of Contents page. I can put non-breaking spaces into the marker box so that I can control the line breaks from the source file whenever the generated LOM is updated.