Adobe FrameMaker: The table continuation variable
by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker
Updated: Mar 20, 2021
Multi-page tables are a regular part of my life. When a user opens up to the middle of a table, how are they supposed to know that they are not at the beginning? With a Table Continuation variable, that’s how!
In any version of FrameMaker
- Navigate to the first page of a multi-page table.
- Place your cursor in your table title and press the End key to move to the end of the line.
- Choose Insert > Variables to open the Variables pod. (Prior to FrameMaker 2017, this was Special > Variables.)
- Click on Table Continuation.
- Click the Insert button on the Variables toolbar to insert the variable at the end of the line. If you have text symbols showing, you can see a little square “u” at the end of the line.
- Navigate to the second page of the table. The word only appears on the second and subsequent pages of the table.
In newer versions of FrameMaker
Newer versions of FrameMaker make adding table variable even easier.
- When you add a new table with Table > Insert Table you can simply enable to checkmark to add the table variable at the same time.
- You can even quickly add the table continuation variable to existing tables using Table > Insert Table Variables.
Editing the Table Continuation variable
If you don’t care for the wording or language, you can edit the variable definition:
- Click Table Continuation in the Variables panel again.
- Click the Edit button on the Variables panel toolbar to open the Edit System Variable panel.
- Change the variable definition and click the Edit button.