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Assigning Alternate Text to Acronyms in FrameMaker

Acronyms are often used in written communication. Using an Acronym character format and an AcronymTitle marker, you can specify alternate text for acronyms. For example, if your document includes an acronym like NATO you can specify North Atlantic Treaty Organization as alternate text for the acronym. When you use an AcronymTitle marker and an Acronym character format to specify alternate text for an acronym, ePublisher adds the acronym alternate text you specify to the title attribute of the acronym tag in the output.

Following is an example of the HTML code produced when you specify North Atlantic Treaty Organization as alternate text for NATO.

<p><acronym title=”North Atlantic Treaty Organization”>NATO</acronym> is a military alliance.<p>


To assign alternate text to acronyms, your Stationery and template must have the following items configured:

Your output format must also support this feature. For more information about output formats that support this feature, see “Features Available in Each Output Format” on page 9.

The following procedure provides an example of how to specify alternate text for acronyms in Adobe FrameMaker source documents using unstructured Adobe FrameMaker 7.2. Steps for specifying alternate text for acronyms in Adobe FrameMaker may be different in other versions of Adobe FrameMaker.

To specify alternate text for an acronym in an Adobe FrameMaker source document

  1. In your Adobe FrameMaker source document, locate the acronym for which you want to specify alternate text.

  2. Apply the Acronym character format to the acronym text.

  3. Insert your cursor anywhere inside the acronym.

  4. On the Special menu, click Marker.

  5. In the Marker Type field, select Acronym from the drop-down list.

  6. If the Acronym marker type is not on the list, check with the Stationery designer to obtain the name of the marker type the Stationery designer created to support this functionality and then use the marker type specified by the Stationery designer. For more information, refer to “Implementing Online Features in FrameMaker” on page 87.

  7. In the Marker Text field, type the acronym alternate text.

  8. Click New Marker.

  9. Save your Adobe FrameMaker source document.

  10. Generate output for your project. For more information, see “Generating Output” on page 287.

  11. Verify ePublisher assigned the acronym alternate text you specified when it generated output by completing the following steps:

  12. On the View menu, click Output Directory.

  13. In the TargetName folder, open the page that has the acronym to which you assigned alternate text in Notepad, where TargetName is the name of your target.

  14. Verify that the alternate text you specified for the acronym is included in the acronym tag in the title attribute.

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