You are here:

Adobe Framemaker/Translating cross-references in FM10


Hello Mr. Wayne,

I have a project done in FM10 by a company. They want it translated into several languages. The translation agency I am collaborating sent me the book to prepare it for translation. Therefore I had created MIF files after each *.fm file. They are using DJVX for translating. One option they have when import the MIF files into that software is whether to ignore or not the cross-references during the translation process.

First test we made was NOT to ignore. In that case the translator had to double check the file with a PDF I've created based on the original document looking for each references correspondent. The files came back to me with all cross-references translated but they had to be manually updated because FM 10 cannot locate the corespondent heading.

We did not test the other option. Not yet. However, my question is whether is appropriate to translate the cross-references? Why FM10 cannot update them automatically?

I really hope that any of these make any sense. I appreciate the time you will spend reading this and perhaps answering to it.

Sincerely yours,

If you are leaving the files in a Framemaker format why are you converting it to a .mif, why not just leave the files as .fm.
The cross-reference problem is probably because, of the file name change from .fm to .mif. The original cross-references are probably looking for a .fm file and not a .mif file.

Sorry, but I have no experience with the DJVX program.

Regards, Wayne

Adobe Framemaker

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Wayne Johnson


Basic set-up of books, master pages, generation of List of Effective pages (LEP), Indexing, auto-numbering. Various ways to import graphics, including advantages and disadvantages of importing into a text frame or importing into a "blank" page. Using a "book" to generate PDF files, with hyperlinking. Customization of function keys, currently setup for Frame 7.0 i.e. change F1 to turn "Change bar" On and Off, F2 to "Cut" a selection, F3 to copy, F4 to Paste, F6 to set line to "TOP OF PAGE" and Shift F6 to start line "anywhere" these can be easily your current config files and if you do not like them - old config files can be restored. I have no expertise in Structured Framemaker, (i.e. XML or SGML).


10 years working with Framemaker, all version through Version 7.0
Primarily writing to Aviation ATA spec 100. Currently responsible for maintaining all company published maintenance documents in Framemaker and PDF and making them accessible through the company intranet.

©2017 All rights reserved.