the Softpress site is indeed created using the inline box model. We are using the Relative Page Layout Action to achieve this. The previous incarnation of the site was done with all in-line items on the page, and it was a real nightmare to maintain - especially as noted Master Page linkage was pretty much broken.
The Relative Page Layout (RPL) Action makes creating this kind of layout really, really easy - it returns Master Page sensibilities and it also restores the regular Freeway behaviour that we all know and love.
To answer question 2: any inline item is seen as content of the items that contains it, so on a Master Page, it loses its connection to any elements it educates on child pages. In the case of a 100% inline model the page is the containing item, and anything else is just inline content. You pretty much lose any advantages master pages give you working like this.
1 - New FW Document
2 - Switch to Master Page
3 - Double Click on the page so you get a typing caret
4 - Go to Insert HTML Item
5 - Click on Pasteboard and the double click on the HTML item to get a typing cursor.
6 - Type in some text
7 - Now return to the child page. Click in the HTML item
8 - In the Inspector Palette there will be no Use Master Settings or Use Master Content check boxes. This kind of inline item can’t be “reset” to Master settings. Once you edit the text in the box on a local page, it ceases to be a Master Page item, and any changes on the Master Page will not be carried through.
The RPL Action fixes this problem - and I think is worth the entry fee for Freeway 5.5 alone. You’d just draw CSS positioned items (or layered items) as normal and have all the Master Page goodness. The Action does all the Inline work for you.
The Footer is achieved using this Action:
Hope this all helps.
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