Thanks, Steve. My struggle right now is with cross-references to
paragraphs that, in addition to regular text, house hypertext links
formatted with a Character tag that makes the text blue; and
cross-references that house an italicized citation to a book. The
character-formatted text in those cross-refs lose their character
formatting. I use cross-references because I want to single-source
the source text. I can't avoid character formatting in these
instances. And as you stated, breaking one cross-ref into three
separate cross-refs to access the text before and after the
character-formatted text is impractical.
Just as I can import text insets and retain their formatting, I would
hope that eventually Adobe will give me the option to use cross-refs
while retaining the source formatting. Call it a feature enhancement.
At 12:54 PM 2/4/2014, you wrote:
At 11:56 -0700 4/2/14, Carol J. Elkins wrote:
>Best practice for setting up character formats is to set
everything As Is except the feature that you want the character tag
to control. That would include setting the Font Family to As Is. So
for Emphasis, for example, the font family would be set to As Is
and only the Angle set to Italic. This enables the character tag to
be applied to any text, regardless of its paragraph usage. I can
apply Emphasis to text defined as Times Roman, Arial, etc., and the
font is retained and only the Angle changed.
This is absolutely true, but not the problem you originally reported ;-)
Referring to your original problem, in the ancient version of
FrameMaker that I'm currently using (7), character tagging is indeed
lost in xrefs. It may be intended behavior, or just an accidental
side-effect of the power of FrameMaker's cross-reference formatting.
As it's got xref builders that can themselves apply formatting, it
can't honor any formatting in the source text. I.e, <$paratext>
means just that - the text of the source paragraph, and only the
text. The question would be, if FrameMaker *did* honor character
formatting in the source of the xref, how would it combine that with
formatting applied in the xref format definition?
I can think of some clunky workarounds, but they're just that:
clunky. One approach is clearly to avoid character formatting of the
the xref source if possible. If you can't, then maybe break the xref
source up using inlines so that you can 'restore' the required
formatting in the xref format by building the xref in bits with the
formatting you want? I.e. the source text would be something like
and your xref format(s) would be something like <$paratext (to part
A)><Emphasis (for char formatted bit><$paratext (to part B)>. But
then all xrefs would actually be three xrefs, tripling your workload
and adding maintenance issues.
How you got about it all depends on the context. I would guess from
your original post that you want to use <$paratext> and get the text
*and* any character formatting applied to it. But FrameMaker doesn't
work like that: you can't 'recover' character formatting from an
xref source's text.
I don't know about maker.ini fixes, as FrameMaker 7 for Mac doesn't
If all the above is nonsense, or completely off-base, I apologize:
I'm trying to think in the midst of a gale that's trying to take the roof off.
Steve [Trim e-mails: use less disk, use less power, use less planet]
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