David Stamm wrote:   

> We have numerous instances of damage to specified named 
> destinations and some of the content after those destinations 
> in our FrameMaker files.
> Sometimes, FrameMaker does the following:
>   - removes the "named destination" character tag from one 
> paragraph and applies it to part or all of the 
> immediately-following paragraph, or
>   - changes the color of a destination _paragraph_ tag based 
> on the color of the "hypertext" character tag
>   - changes the point size of a destination _paragraph_ tag

I had trouble understanding your descriptions. Are you really creating
first-level headings that consist of links to your second-level
headings? And if the jump consists of the destination's paratext, why
not use an xref? <shrug /> Never mind, it's your doc... 

FM is a remarkably stable and solid piece of software. I can't believe
that a char tag defined with color "As Is" would suddenly be redefined
with color "hypertext" without operator error. Since you have separate
paper and screen templates, perhaps there's a problem involving the
templates themselves or your update formats procedure. 

Likewise, the text range to which a char tag is applied just doesn't
move around -- with one exception: if you apply character formatting
(tag or ad hoc) adjacent to the pilcrow, FM sees it as a pgf attribute,
creating a pgf format override. Make sure at least one character (it can
be a space) separates the end of the char formatting from the pilcrow. 

I can't even imagine what, other than operator error, would cause a
change in font size. 

Maybe doc corruption due to network issues? Have you tried working on
the docs on your local hard drive? 

Oh, and I can't think of any good reason to apply a char tag to the
"named destination" of your hypertext jump. In fact, since a destination
is actually a marker (zero-width character at a specific point of the
text flow), not a text range, that's not what you're doing. You're just
selecting a string of text that happens to include the destination
marker and applying the char tag to it. My advice is stop doing that. 


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom

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