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:
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?
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