Exploring ePublisher : Understanding the ePublisher Workflow : Stationery Designers and ePublisher Designer
 
Stationery Designers and ePublisher Designer
If you are a Stationery designer, your first step when you work with ePublisher will be to identify which input formats will be used to author source documents, which types of output need to be generated, and which online features should be included in generated output. For more information, see “Supported Input Formats”, “Supported Output Formats”, and “Features Available in Each Output Format”.
After you identify your input and output formats and the features you want to include in your online content, your next step is to either create source document templates or prepare your existing source document templates for output generation. Stationery designers use source document templates to configure settings and create Stationery for writers to use when generating output. Writers use the source document templates to create content and prepare source documents for output generation. If writers already use source document templates, Stationery designers can simply prepare the existing source document templates for output generation. If writers are not currently using source document templates, the Stationery designer creates a source document template for each content authoring tool used by the authors in the organization. Writers then use the styles and standards defined in the template to prepare their source files for output generation.
For example, if all writers use Adobe FrameMaker and Adobe FrameMaker templates when authoring content, the Stationery designer can take the existing Adobe FrameMaker templates, modify the templates as needed to support online content, and then use the existing templates to create Stationery. If writers use both Adobe FrameMaker and Microsoft Word but are not yet consistently using templates, the Stationery designer creates a new standard set of both Adobe FrameMaker and Microsoft Word templates for writers to use when authoring content. For more information about preparing source document templates for output generation, see “Designing Adobe FrameMaker Formats and Standards” and “Designing Microsoft Word Templates and Standards”.
After the Stationery designer prepares source document templates for the content authoring tools writers use, the Stationery designer uses ePublisher Designer to perform the following tasks:
*Create a Stationery design project using the source document templates.
*Configure settings and options in the Stationery design project that define the look, feel, and behavior for each output target.
For example, the Stationery designer can specify if ePublisher should use the existing styles and formatting in the source documents when generating output to ensure the source documents and online content share the same look and feel. The Stationery designer can also specify that online content have a completely different look and feel than the source documents based on online output design goals and business needs.
*Create Stationery using the settings defined in the Stationery design project. The Stationery defines the style and behavior of generated output, and writers use the settings in the Stationery when they generate output from their source documents.
After the Stationery designer creates the Stationery, the Stationery designer places the ePublisher Stationery and source document template files on a shared network folder for writers to use as they author their content, prepare their source documents for output generation, and generate output.