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Handling FrameMaker dictionaries

Deutsche Version

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 FMdict 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 FMdict
Download and installation
Un-installation

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

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FMdict 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.

Traduction française de l'interface utilisateur avec l'aide de Deepl(AI-translation) par Klaus Daube.

Note: This utility uses the font Consolas to display the words in the dictionary.
UI of FMdict-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 FMdict 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 FMdict 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 run with FM in parallel.
    • User interface for de, en and fr.
    2017-10-05 1.5 Inst-FMdict.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
    2018-02-16 1.7
    • Installation-program supports un-installation.
    • Correct method to find current FM installation
    • Eliminate double alert at FM start (replacing FMdict.jsxbin by FMdict.jsx)
  4. Unpack the ZIP file to the desktop. You get a program and a directory.
  5. Execute the file PrepareInstallation.exe.
    The language of the installation dialogues adapts to the UI language of your current FM installation (de, en, fr).
    This program modifies some values in the file InstallThis\config.ini.
  6. Use Continue to open the installation program:
  7. Select the appropriate option(s):
  8. With Install the script and associated files will be transferred into the relevant locations.
  9. A message indicates the end of the installation. The desktop icons will be removed.

Uninstall the script

To uninstall the script, start the installation program from the short cut in the Start-menu > D+DD. Then use the Un-Install button.

This removes the script only from the locations defined in the options. You can later use the installation program again.

To get completely rid of the script you need to remove the following in addition to the un-installation:

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