About Page Layouts

A page layout is an element that you can create in your project in order to determine page specifications (e.g., size, margins) and to apply certain content (e.g., headers, footers, page numbers) to many (or all) topics in print-based output. It allows for easy configuration through the use of content frames, bleeds, crop marks, registration marks, margins, padding, alignment features, and more. Page layouts are similar to master pages, but are more flexible and easier to use. The general rule of thumb is that page layouts are recommended for print-based output (when possible), and master pages continue to be the best method for automatically adding headers, footers, and breadcrumbs in multiple topics for online output. Another difference between page layouts and master pages is that page layouts can be used for any of the print-based outputs (Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft XPS, XHTML Book), whereas master pages can be used only for Microsoft Word and FrameMaker when creating print-based output.

Like all other files in Flare, a page layout is an XML file. It has an .flpgl extension. The traditional location to store a page layout in the Content Explorer is in the Resources\PageLayouts folder. However, you can store it anywhere in the Content Explorer that you like.