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RE: Controlling white space around graphic frames

Bart asked about setting up "common, preformatted amounts of white space
above and below graphic frames used to hold screenshots."

The easy way to do this in a Frame template is to create a paragraph tag
that will hold the graphic frames (for example, "ScreenShots"). Then you
view the reference pages, create your two space-holder frames (labelled
"AboveScreenShot" and "BelowScreenShot," adding a new ref page to
contain them if needed), and then change the Advanced properties of the
ScreenShots para tag to use the appropriate reference frames as spacers.
You adjust the size of the spacer frames as needed, and ALL instances of
ScreenShots get updated thereby. Standardization, voila!

Note that for placeholder frames like this, the ref frames will be
empty. Also note that, if you want screen captures that appear at the
top or bottom of a page not to have the white space above or below,
you'll need either to create ScreenShotTop and ScreenShotBottom
instances with the appropriate differences, or to override those
instances of ScreenShots (not advised). Either way, you'll still have to
make a pagination pass when doing final edits. (As William Horton says,
even the best of style sheets or templates can only cover about 85% of

Good luck,

Deborah Snavely
Document Architect
Aurigin Systems

Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 10:49:49 -0700
From: Bart Windrum <bart.windrum@DiogenesInc.com>
Subject: Controlling white space around graphic frames

Before mucking around with a QuicKey sequence...

I want to ensure common, preformatted amounts of white space above and
below graphic frames used to hold screenshots. Frame heights will vary 
(widths will be common, the full column measure). In all instances I 
want to specify either differing offsets above and below, or a common 
"border" if need be (altho certain pix will require the full column 
width and cannot withstand horizontal cropping).

Does a solution exist? I notice a "border" option in the graphics
toolbar but applying this -- to the frame or the pix inside it -- 
has no effect (even after speccing a big one, 60pts). The Mac commands 
for shrinkwrapping and unshrinkwrapping do not take affect so I cannot 
evaluate this functionality.

This issue remains opaque; obviously its implementation differs from
that employed in XPress, where one simply applies a border inside or 
outside an item.

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