The essence of the workaround that was described is based on the fact that font family changes are respected in xrefs (try formatting part of a line with WingDings, for instance). Thus the kludge that allows you to define a family that incorporates formatting like bold, or italics, or blue, or whatever by simply making it look like a different font family. (Disclaimer: I have never done this.)
There are good arguments (as the one you make) for ignoring such formatting as bold, ital and the like in an xref, but ignoring a ZapfDingbat or symbol font char format could be disastrous. Imagine a mu becoming an "m" within an xref. So FrameMaker is designed not to ignore that. The wonderful thing is that you can use that "feature" to accomplish (albeit with a bit of work) what is desired by the original poster. Craig > Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 19:54:44 +0000 > To: celk...@awrittenword.com; fram...@omsys.com; firstname.lastname@example.org > From: srick...@wordmongers.demon.co.uk > Subject: RE: FM12 has char format in xref been fixed? > ..<snip> > > 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 use > maker.ini. > > 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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