After you have the pages and frames that you need in a page layout, you can modify them to affect the content, as well as the look of the pages in the output. Following are some of the main tasks involved in editing pages and frames.
page editing tasks
- Margins You can set the margins for a page, which determines the amount of space to the left, right, top, or bottom of the body content.
See Specifying Page Margins.
- Page Names You can provide a name for each page that you create in a layout. This is an optional task, but might help you internally distinguish one page from another in a layout.
See Specifying Page Names.
- Size and Orientation You can select a pre-set size for a page or create a custom size. You can also determine the orientation (portrait or landscape).
See Specifying Page Size and Orientation.
- Page Types For each page in a layout that you create, you can assign a type to determine how that page behaves in the output. For example, if you want odd pages in the output to always display particular header content or look a certain way, you can create a page with the Right page type.
See Specifying Page Types.
- Background You can add background settings to a page in a layout. This includes the ability to specify a color, an image, and a repeating pattern for the background image. Your settings will extend to your page margins. If you want the settings to extend to the edges of the page, you can set your page margins to 0.
See Specifying Page Background Settings.
- Empty Pages If you need to force some pages in the output to be empty on purpose, you can use the "Empty" page type. For example, if Flare detects that you want a particular chapter to start on a right page, it will automatically insert an empty page before the beginning of the chapter, if necessary, to make sure the chapter begins on a right page.
See Using Empty Pages.
- Snap Frames When you are resizing, moving, or creating a frame, you can snap its edges to other frames on the layout (i.e., when you move the frame close enough to another frame it "connects" to it).
See Using the Snap Feature in Page Layouts.
frame editing tasks
- Aligning Frames The Page Layout Editor contains various tools to help you easily keep your frames aligned with each other on a page. For example, after adding a decoration frame to a page, you might want to make sure that its left border is aligned with the left borders of the header and footer frames on the page. This feature is not available for body frames.
See Aligning Page Layout Frames.
- Aligning Text You can easily align text and content in a frame both vertically and horizontally.
See Aligning Text in Frames.
- Anchors You can set anchors in a frame. Anchors allow you to lock the frame to the margins on the page. If a page size changes, the frame is resized accordingly.
See Setting Frame Anchors.
- Background You can add a color and/or image to the background of a frame.
See Specifying a Frame Background.
- Borders You can add borders around a frame. This might be useful, for example, if you want a line to run across the bottom of the header on a page. For PDF, XPS, and XHTML outputs, you can also make the borders rounded by using border radius properties.
See Specifying Frame Borders.
- Breaks Read more… For PDF, XPS, and XHTML outputs, you can apply breaks to page layout frames, similar to the way you can apply page breaks to content such as headings or paragraphs. You can also set frame breaks on tables.
See Setting Frame Breaks on Paragraphs and Headings and Setting Page, Column, and Frame Breaks on Tables.
- Columns You can easily add and configure columns in any frame of a page layout.
See Creating Columns.
- Floating and Sinking You can arrange overlapping frames on a page to determine which ones are displayed "in front" of others.
See Floating and Sinking Frames.
- Frame Flow (Type) Each frame that you add to a page has a specific type (Body, Header, Footer, Decoration, Image). The type determines how the frame behaves in the output and the flow of its content. For example, a Body frame will automatically display the content from your topics, whereas a Footer frame only displays the content that you add to it.
See Specifying Frame Flow.
- Padding If you want there to be a certain amount of space between the edge of a frame and the content within it, you can set the padding.
See Specifying Frame Padding.
- Page Numbers One type of content that you are likely to add to a frame is a page number, which is actually a snippet that serves as a placeholder for a page number in the output.
See Inserting Page Numbers into Frames.
- Removing Frames Just as you can add new frames to a page as necessary, you can remove existing frames as well.
See Removing Page Layout Frames.
- Rotating Frames From time to time, you may find that you need to rotate a frame on a page. For example, you might want to rotate a decoration frame so that the text reads sideways, as opposed to left-to-right.
See Rotating Frames.
- Size You can easily set the size and position for a frame on a page, either by entering specific values in the Frame Properties dialog or by dragging the frame as needed.
See Specifying Frame Size.
- Text and Content—Add to Frames You can add any kind of content to a frame that you can add to a regular topic (e.g., text, links, images). Simply by selecting a frame and pressing F2, you can open the Frame Contents window pane, which is used as a miniature XML Editor for adding content to a frame.
See Adding Text and Content to Frames.
- Variables If you want certain content to be inserted into a frame automatically (rather than typing the text manually), you can use a variable. For example, you might want to automatically include the first h1 heading of each chapter into the header for certain pages. By using a Heading variable, you can use just one page layout for all of your chapters, rather than having to create a new page layout for each chapter.
For Adobe PDF, Microsoft XPS, and XHTML Book output, you can also use Heading variables to automatically display glossary headings, index headings, or index terms in a page layout frame. See Inserting Chapter, Section, and Volume Number Variables into Frames, Inserting Heading Variables Into Frames, and Inserting Running Head Variables into Frames.