You can define a default value for an attribute, but as far as I know 
the process of importing an EDD won't change an attribute value from one 
thing to another. The "default" value is just the value of the attribute 
if it has no other value applied.

I guess the question is, in the statement .. "set all attributes to 
default values when the EDD is imported" .. does "default" refer to the 
FrameMaker concept of default (empty), or do you mean "some actual 
default value" ?

Unless I'm misunderstanding the original question, I think you'll have 
to go with the script, Rick.


Scott Prentice
Leximation, Inc.

Spreadbury, David wrote:

> Rick,
>I thought you could do this in the EDD, and you can, but it might depend
>on the type of attribute. Search the Structure_Dev_Guide for default
>attribute. I only got seven hits. Most of the hits are concerned with
>the DTD, but there is a comment that keeps popping up "In FrameMaker, a
>default attribute value can only be specified in the EDD,..." (on page
>242, last line). Then there is a reference to page 176, where there is a
>discussion on Default value. The discussion leads me to think graphics,
>but in other hits, with the same comment, there is an example of a
>labeled list where a default is applied (see page 229 in Translating
>So my gut feel is Yes you can define default attributes in the EDD, in
>fact it is the only way you can.
>-----Original Message-----
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>m] On Behalf Of Rick Quatro
>Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005 7:07 AM
>To: framers at; framers at
>Subject: Apply Default Attribute Values
>Hello Framers,
>I have a client that wants to know if it is possible to "set all
>attributes to default values when the EDD is imported". I suspect that
>the answer is no, but I am pretty sure that it can be done with a
>FrameScript script. 
>However, I don't want to propose a script if it can be done without one.
>Thanks in advance.
>Rick Quatro
>Carmen Publishing
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