Adobe FrameMaker: Anchor Management
By Barb Binder
FrameMaker uses two types of anchors: table anchors and figure anchors. These thick, upside down Ts appear at your cursor position when you insert a table or an anchored frame. FrameMaker uses them to anchor the object to the text so that they can move automatically with the text as you edit your document.
I normally anchor tables and frames to the end of the paragraph that references them, but sometimes I’m required to move a table to a new location during the editing process. Always in a hurry when under deadline, I’ll grab the anchor (the fastest way to select a table or anchored frame), but I will also often pick up the period that precedes it. When I see a paragraph with two periods, and another with none, I know exactly what happened.
So what’s the solution, slow down? Yeah, that’s not going happen under deadline. So here’s what I do: I add an em space (press Esc spacebar m in succession) between the period and the anchor Then, I can sweep by and pick up the space and the anchor and leave the period behind. The only problem that ever occurs here is when the paragraph is so long that this forces the anchor to a new line. In that case, I’ll use an en space (Esc spacebar n) or even a thin space (Esc spacebar t).
I also use it when I have a string of several anchors in a row, because if I don’t, they just appear as one really thick upside down T!