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LinuxWorld: Frame and fortune, Get the skinny on Adobe's FrameMaker beta for Linux

Jan 21, 2000, 21:06 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Selig, Florin Boariu)

"Until now, Adobe's DTP (desktop publishing) software, FrameMaker, was available only for Mac OS, Windows, and Solaris, which meant that you had to run it either on expensive hardware or an unreliable operating system. But the advent of FrameMaker on Linux makes it possible to run this proven and widely used software cheaply and on a stable OS."

"FrameMaker is based on two special concepts. The first is the idea that you can put any content, such as text or images, into frames. Common word processors, such as WordPerfect, regard content as a continuos flow of data. Users often run into problems if they want to break out of that model -- if they want to set text into multiple columns, for example. In this respect, FrameMaker is more like a DTP-oriented CorelDRAW than a word processor."

"The second idea is the concept of fixed paragraph templates, often called logical markup. In this system, you determine whether a paragraph is a title, a subtitle, normal body text, or some other kind of text, then adjust the paragraph template; FrameMaker applies changes over the entire document. This helps you keep a consistent layout without maintaining a style sheet. LaTeX works in a fairly similar way..."

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