Formatting and Templates for Structured FrameMaker Content (EDD Development)

Create and format structured content models with Adobe FrameMaker

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Learn to modify your content model

In order to work with structured content in FrameMaker, you need a content model and related formatting options. In FrameMaker, that content model and formatting are stored in an Element Definition Document (EDD). If you want to set up a structured environment, or modify an existing one, you need to understand how to work with the EDD.

Since an EDD has the formatting rules that you'll need to present your information either on a screen or as HTML5 output or maybe as a PDF or some sort of print output, we spend time in this training going through how to create a content model in frame maker. You may already have a content model like (DITA) that you know you're going to use. If so, that’s helpful! But you’ll still need an idea of how a content model gets put together and how things like occurrence indicators help you help your authors decide what can go where to create a valid document. You also need to learn how to format those elements with both strict formatting and how to do contextual formatting.

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Matt Sullivan
Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan has been guiding organizations large and small through the process of template-based workflows for over twenty years. He consistently provides a 30% or more reduction in time spent on documentation, while at the same time improving the consistency, branding, and organization of the content.



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Your course access starts as soon as you register, and continues for 45 days, giving you plenty of time to complete the course. Lessons are available 24/7, allowing you to decide when you start and when you finish. If you want to get up to speed quickly, expect 2-3 days to fully complete the lessons.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I never want you to be unhappy! If you do the work and don't feel completely prepared to create and edit content in FrameMaker, I will work with you to get you up to speed or refund your course fee, at your discretion. If you think this course could be better in any way, please let me know at any time so I can address your concerns. As the product evolves, I regularly add lessons to this course to address new features and to include higher level topics that explain solutions I've developed for my clients.
I want a live class experience. What are my options?
You have two options for live training: (1.) The "Course+Class" option, which includes two Deep Dive sessions to allow for hours of live interaction and screen sharing. (2.) You can contact me directly for live online and live in-person group training rates and availability.
Is there a free version of the course?
No, not for this advanced topic, but check out my free Introduction to FrameMaker course, graciously sponsored by Adobe.
I need to get up to speed quickly. Is this course right for me?
All the content that makes up my "traditional" 2-day FrameMaker course is marked as CORE in the lessons. If you're in a hurry to get going, you can easily move through the CORE lessons in two days or less. But don't be surprised if you also want to access lots of the topics marked OPTIONAL and TARGETED, so you may want to budget extra time for the more specialized content.