I just ran a quick test using FrameScript and the limit (as suggested below) 
appears to be with the UI. I was able to create a marker with 3000 
characters. You should be able to create a script (or an FDK client if you 
don't have FrameScript) to enter these values.  Unfortunately, the 
FrameMaker will still only use the first 255 when you generate an index.

Frank Elmore
Project leader for FrameScript

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Prentice" <s...@leximation.com>
To: <kethier at travelthepath.com>
Cc: <framers at frameusers.com>; <framers at omsys.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 5:39 PM
Subject: Re: Workaround for marker character limit?

> Hi Kay...
> I haven't looked into this much, but I believe that the limit is in the 
> FrameMaker UI, not the underlying marker support mechanism. 
> Programmatically, you can add many more than 255 characters to a marker 
> (try adding more content to the marker as a MIF, then re-open in FM and 
> you'll see all of the content). However, if you generate the index in the 
> usual manner, it only recognizes the first 255 characters.
> It should be possible to make a plugin that can process longer entries and 
> generate an index, or if you're using structured FM you might be able to 
> process the markers outside of FM to create the index.
> If there are just a handful of entries that are exceeding the limit, you 
> could use unique codes in the index entries then search on those codes in 
> the generated index and replace them with the expanded content (perhaps 
> using variables).
> If your client is interested in developing a plugin, give me a call and we 
> can talk more about the options.
> Regards,
> ...scott
> Scott Prentice
> Leximation, Inc.
> www.leximation.com
> +1.415.485.1892
> Kay Ethier at Bright Path wrote:
>> Hi all:
>> Anyone have a workaround/plug-in for FrameMaker's limit on # of 
>> characters
>> that can be typed in a marker?  We have a client with markers with 
>> long index entries... This is not multiple entries, it is single entries
>> that are not fitting in a marker.
>> Thank you,
>> Kay
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