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Handling FrameMaker dictionaries

This utility eases the handling of dictionaries for FrameMaker version 11 to 14 (2017). The general dictionary can be distributed to the respective language files. It can work in parallel to FrameMaker.

Caveat: At FM start the site dictionary is imported and interpreted. In this process the hyphenation points are recreated and may differ significantly from those in the source file referenced in maker.ini. Hence all work done with FM-dict on the site dictionary is lost with the next start of FM!
Since the resulting internal file does not contain a BOM (Byte Order Mark), feature Only new words can not work correctly.

Utility FM-dict
Download and installation

This website gives only an overview. For more details see the documentation.

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FM-dict helps to overcome limitations of the spelling checker mechanism. In the UI the user is guided by some arrows and buttons which are activated only if they are ready to be used. The UI language can be switched between German, English and French.

L'interface utilisateur français peut être pas sans questions (traduction avec l'aide de Babylon). Commentaire accepté.

Note: This utility uses the font Consolas to display the words in the dictionary.
UI of FM-dict-en

A typical task is performed with these steps:

  1. Select the source dictionary: the user dictionary which was accumulated by working with FM
  2. Select the language file: Specify from which subdirectory - defined by language - the words shall be taken. FrameMaker fills all learned words into category all.
  3. Decide whether to display all or only the new words (see later for this feature).
  4. In the word list select those words you want to move into a language subdirectory
  5. To the right of the three => symbols select User dictionary as target
  6. In the list of languages select the target language (e.g. de_DE). This corresponds to a sub-directory.
  7. With button Move the words are transferred.

Actions on the word list

With button => you copy a word into the editing area, where it can be modified or used as a base for a new word to be added.

To navigate in a long list you enter the beginning of the searched word, followed by a blank into the top field. If the word does not exist, the first item in the list will be selected. This special mechanism is necessary, because 'jump to' and 'multiple selection' are exclusive in the Window UI.

Working in parallel with FrameMaker

Leaving the panel automatically saves the current word list (if it had been modified). FrameMaker may learn new words and puts them into the internal dictionary. As soon as you go back to the FM-dict the word list is refreshed - and with "Only new words" you see that has been collected by FrameMaker.

More automatic saves

There are various circumstances which call for the save of the probably modified word list: changing the source language, leaving the dialogue etc. Of course the save may lead to the situation that you can not see anymore 'what's new.

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  1. You may wish to read the documentation before you decide about the installation.
  2. Download the appropriate FM-dict installation file.
  3. Date Version Download file Latest changes
    2017-07-30 1.1

    First release

    2017-08-01 1.2 Not published
    • Save function reacts on changes of the source.
    • Order of words in the list is same as in FM-dictionaries (-xxx, Xxx, xxx).
    2017-08-05 1.3 Not published
    • Allow to work on 'only new' words.
    • Search in word list as well as multiple selection.
    • Dialogue and some elements enlarged.
    2017-09-15 1.4 Not published
    • Introduction of project dictionaries.
    • Automatic save allows to work with FM in parallel.
    • User interface for de, en and fr.
    2017-10-05 1.5 Inst-FM-dict.zip
    • Information to the user at FM start about the source of the user dictionary.
    • Import word lists of many formats.
    • Installation-program.
    2017-11-09 1.6
    • Changes in UI only: introduce group boxes; traditional spelling for German texts
  4. Unpack the ZIP file to a directory of your liking, preferable to the desktop. You get a program and a directory.
  5. Execute the installation program:
    The UI can adapt to English, German or French Windows.
    If required, font Consolas may be installed.
    The utility itself is copied to %appdata%\D+DD\FM-dict.
    A script is copied to %appdata%\Adobe\FrameMaker\vv with vv ≥ 11.
    Also short cuts to the utility are established.
  6. The utility starts to prove finished installation.
  7. Please remove the installation program from the desktop (or where you started installation).
  8. All software from D+DD is Donationware - if you find it helpful for your work, think about supporting my work.

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To get rid of FM-dict just remove the directory with the files (and the short cut) from your system. You may also wisth to remove FM-dict.jsx from the FM-startup folder.

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