Missing fonts can lurk in lots of unexpected places that cannot be
found with a simple Find operation. For example, Find only searches
the current view--typically the body pages. To search the master
pages and the reference pages, you have to switch to each of
those views before initiating the Find. The font(s) may also be
specified in paragraph formats or character formats that you don't
actually use in the document. And then there are the obscure
places, like embedded graphics (no way to search those) and in
table formats (one must remember that each table format embeds
the formatting of the title and of each cell in the heading row,
footing row, table title, and first body row, even if those formats
are no longer defined in the paragraph catalog or character catalog.

When you open a file that has missing fonts, the substitution
normally only applies to the screen display--the original font
specifications remain intact in the file itself when you close or save
the file. But there *is* an option in the Preferences dialog that
changes this behavior. It's called "Remember missing font names"
and it is turned on by default because it is normally a very good
feature (particularly if you are working on files that have to move
back and forth among Windows and UNIX or Mac platforms). If
you disable that option before opening a file with missing fonts,
FrameMaker will display a different message upon opening, one
that ask you to confirm that you wish to make a permanent font
substitution. If you confirm and open the file, the file's format
definitions will be updated as necessary, and if you then save
the file you make those substitutions permanent. When you're
don, remember to turn the "Remember..." preference back on,
because it really ius a good thing.

But you should note that this process may or may not make the
substitution in each and every place where a font may lurk. In
some cases, the only way of completely eliminating a missing font
is to save the document as MIF and do a Find/Change for the
missing font name(s) in the MIF file, which is in a text rather
than binary format.

My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel.
Fred Ridder
Parsipany, NJ

>From: "Roger Bell" <RBell at vcgsoftware.com>
>To: <framers at lists.frameusers.com>
>Subject: Missing Fonts
>Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 09:59:28 -0400
>I am new to this list and relatively new to FM and have recently started
>working for my current employer. They have some old FM documents that
>originated years ago.
>When we open some of these older documents, a warning message appears
>about missing fonts and that FM will substitute fonts. We do not want to
>purchase the missing fonts. Rather, we want to permanently update our
>documents to new available fonts.
>When I try to search and replace a font once the document opens, I
>receive the message that the font isn't found. I guess because FM has
>already substituted. Is this a catch-22, or is there a way to fix it
>short of buying the missing fonts?
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