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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