Eric Dunn wrote:  

> The situation was this: hundreds of components, multiple ways 
> of writing their descriptions, abbreviations, and 
> specifications which led to an unmanageable mass of variables.
> So, I turned to cross-references.
<snip detailed description> 
> What are the downsides? Well, so far nothing. But I have an 
> itch in the back of my skull concerning Xrefs and character 
> formatting that I just can't shake. Something as to whether 
> character formatting applied in the source (all character 
> tagging is done using catalogue formats common to source and 
> destination) is kept in the destination or not...
> Anyone know what I should be worrying about?

Yeah, potentially char formats, but maybe not. IIRC, there are some
formatting characteristics that are preserved in xrefs and some that
aren't. I think the basic variants of a font (e.g., bold, italic) are
discarded, but significant changes (e.g., Symbol, superscript) are
preserved. I'm afraid I don't recall the details -- maybe someone else

I deliver primarily PDFs, and I wouldn't use xrefs in this way because
they'd become working hyperlinks in the PDFs. Ugh! 

If your deliverables are printed books, of course, this isn't an issue.


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

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