Mike Feimster wrote: > > I believe that FrameMaker drops that formatting when > > saving as xml. If you are using formats from the character catalog it should > > > save the formatting.
I stupidly replied: > > Thanks Mike, I've just tried it and it works now using the > > character catalog. Excellent, that's rather stupid though, > > don't you think? Richard Combs set me straight: > Well, no. In fact, a recent poll of FrameUsers readers found > that 35 out of 37 thought it was rather stupid to apply ad > hoc formatting as you did instead of using defined character tags: I've just read the relevant thread and I now feel more enlightened. In my defence I didn't know any better as I've had no formal training in using FrameMaker. I'm the sole Technical Writer here and kind of got roped into the position. Richard asked: > If you have unstructured, randomly-formatted docs that don't > use paragraph and character tags consistently, then what's > the point in converting them to XML anyway? They do use paragraph and character tags, though rarely for bold and italic. The XML is for a help system, for which I'm having to provide all my documents in XML format. I am now paying the price in the conversion to XML, of both my formatting mistakes and those of my predecessors. Karen West Technical Writer Cyberscience Corp http://www.cyberscience.com