Adobe Framemaker training
Creating Element Definition Documents (EDDs)

2 days
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Live online:
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Key details

Key details

FrameMaker training course teaching how to create FrameMaker Element Definition Documents, to define the elements and attributes permitted in your structured FrameMaker documents.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Build an Element Definition Document.
  • Link elements using formatting rules to a FrameMaker template.
  • Convert legacy data to a Structured FrameMaker file using a conversion table.

This course is ideal for anyone who needs to define the elements and attributes permitted in their structured FrameMaker documents.

Creating Element Definition Documents (EDDs) training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.

In-class or online

Our centres are open for in-class training, with full safety measures and comprehensive sanitisation implemented.

We continue to offer all courses in our popular live online format.

Accredited FrameMaker training by industry experts

For over two decades, Armada was a leading provider of technical authoring services.

We are an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC). Creating Element Definition Documents (EDDs) courses are hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors, who are Adobe Certified Experts in FrameMaker. See Expert trainers.

Our background in the industry, combined with our Adobe-accredited status, makes us the perfect choice for providing your FrameMaker training.

How will I learn?

FrameMaker training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running FrameMaker.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for FrameMaker, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited FrameMaker training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following FrameMaker training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their FrameMaker trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


Delegates should have a good working knowledge of FrameMaker used in both unstructured and structured modes, i.e. be familiar with the techniques taught in our Advanced FrameMaker and Authoring structured FrameMaker documents courses.

FrameMaker version

Training can be based on any version of FrameMaker to suit you.


General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for FrameMaker training can be made by:

  • Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
  • Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months. For further details, see Staged payments.

Purchase orders

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies or public sector organisations.


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Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Creating Element Definition Documents (EDDs) course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Creating Element Definition Documents (EDDs) course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainers

Expert trainers

Lynne Telfer

Lynne Telfer Autodesk Certified Instructor

Lynne Telfer is long-standing Adobe Certified Instructor with over 25 years’ experience working as a professional trainer.

In the late nineties, Lynne worked for Adobe as a trainer and consultant, hosting courses in FrameMaker and other applications at all levels for Adobe’s clients. She’s provided training in Adobe’s Technical Communication and Creative applications ever since.

Lynne has expert knowledge of:

  • Adobe FrameMaker – both Unstructured and Structured use.
  • Adobe RoboHelp.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud applications: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.
  • Adobe’s e-Learning tools – Captivate and PResenter.
  • Microsoft Office suite of applications, covering the mainstream applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint to advanced level.

Lynne has a BA Hons in Educational Practice from Oxford Brookes University.

Course content

Course content


  • What is an EDD?
  • Understanding what an Element Definition Document (EDD) is and where it sits in the development cycle

Creating an EDD

  • Experimenting with the different processes of generating an initial EDD.

Defining Container Elements

  • Creating container elements and writing general rules
  • Understanding the syntax of occurrence indicators, connectors and models
  • Assigning comments to element definitions
  • Setting the Element Type and defining an element as the Valid Highest Leve

Importing the EDD into a Template

  • Testing the EDD as you create it by importing it into a template and testing the structure by creating a dummy document

Defining Table Elements

  • Creating table elements and understanding the general rule restrictions for table and table part elements

Inclusions and Exclusions

  • Defining elements as Inclusions and Exclusions

Auto insertions

  • Setting elements to be automatically inserted as child and nested child elements

Object Formatting

  • Setting an initial table format and initial row pattern on insertion of an element
  • Defining initial object formats for cross reference, equation, graphic, marker and system variable elements


  • Creating an attribute list for elements
  • Understanding the different types of attributes and setting special attribute controls

Text Format Rules

  • Specifying the ElementPgfFormat Tag
  • Writing all contexts rules and context rules specifically to name ancestors and siblings
  • Writing a level rule and use context labels
  • Specifying First/Last paragraph rules
  • Setting Prefix and Suffix rules to extract attribute values

Book Building

  • Defining an element for structuring books and elements for individual book components such as Table of Contents and Index.
  • Generating a book file

Conversion Tables

  • Structuring unstructured legacy data by creating and applying a conversion table

Export to HTML

  • Using the HTML Reference Page to export a structured document to multiple HTML pages
  • Including the HTML mapping set-up information in the EDD
Live online training

Live online training

Live online training lets you participate in a FrameMaker course from your place of work or home.

We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the FrameMaker training…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.

We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…

  • Online Creating Element Definition Documents (EDDs) courses are presented by expert instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
  • You receive comprehensive training materials.
  • Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using FrameMaker.
  • If you don’t have access to FrameMaker software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
  • You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.

All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.

For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.