Adobe Framemaker training
Formatting structured documents in FrameMaker

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Key details

Key details

Our Formatting structured documents in FrameMaker course covers the basics of formatting FrameMaker structured documents. It introduces the concept of a template and explains how to create new templates and use existing templates.

This course is ideal for application developers and end-users responsible for defining templates and formatting rules for structured documents.

Formatting structured documents in FrameMaker training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) Formatting structured documents in FrameMaker courses.

We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

The training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in FrameMaker.

Accredited FrameMaker training

Armada is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), accredited by Adobe to provide FrameMaker training.

Expert trainers

FrameMaker training is hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors, who are Adobe Certified Experts in the application, with over 20 years’ experience working as a technical authoring professional.

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 attended Authoring structured FrameMaker documents course, or equivalent knowledge.

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 course for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for FrameMaker training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.


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Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Formatting structured documents in FrameMaker course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Formatting structured documents in FrameMaker 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.


Course content

Course content


  • The role of the template in a structured document.

Working with Character and Paragraph Formats

  • Identifying the character and paragraph catalogs.
  • Understanding the role of the character and paragraph designers.
  • Creating and modifying character formats.

Working with the Paragraph Designer

  • Creating and editing paragraph formats.
  • Changing font and alignment settings.
  • Understanding tabs and indents.
  • Setting Pagination and Advanced properties.
  • Setting auto-numbered formats from simple to complex sequences.
  • Creating text only numbered paragraphs for notes and tips etc.


  • Using the Table Designer to edit and create Table formats to ensure consistency of style.


  • Inserting and editing footnotes placed directly on the page and in tables.
  • Manipulating the design and numbering properties of the footnotes.

Master Pages

  • Understanding the role of the Master Page within a FrameMaker document.
  • Differentiating between default and custom master pages.
  • Designing and placing components on the master page.
  • Assigning master pages.

Reference Pages

  • Understanding the different roles of the Reference page.
  • Creating reference art and including as part of a paragraph design.

Text Flow

  • Learning how to work with single and multiple text flows within a document.
  • Connecting and disconnecting frames.


  • Inserting and editing system variables to create running header and footer information.
  • Creating and inserting user variables.

Cross References

  • Inserting cross-references within a file and across multiple files.
  • Editing and creating cross-reference formats.
  • Maintaining cross-reference links.

Conditional Text

  • Creating and applying conditional text tags to produce a multi-version datasheet.

Tables of Contents

  • Generating and updating a Table of Contents.
  • Preparing a table of contents template.


  • Learning how to mark text for an Index.
  • Generating an index and produce an Index template.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can now pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.