A MIF file is an alternative form of a FrameMaker file, functioning like
an INI file for a FrameMaker document. It is an ASCII text file which
contains values describing every element of a FrameMaker FM file, such
as text, formatting values of paragraphs/characters/tables, reference
pointers and links, and more. You can open it in a Text editor such as
Notepad. It is useful for troubleshooting, or transferring an FM file
for use in other applications. Many times, I converted files to MIF in
order to change link paths on a Find/Replace basis. Sometimes,
converting a weirdly behaving FM file to MIF and then back again helps
clean the file (repeat - sometimes).


David Schor
Technical Communication Manager
Emblaze-VCON Ltd.
Tel: (+972) 9 7627820
Mobile: 054 4788253
davids at

"To err is human; to admit it, superhuman."
                                       Doug Larson

-----Original Message-----
[ at] On
Behalf Of McKinney, Doug
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 4:56 PM
To: 'framers at'
Subject: MIF question

Hello fellow FrameUsers

I've been a technical writer for about seven years and have followed
list off and on during that time. I've seen references to MIF files but
have no understanding as to their purpose or use. If someone would care
enlighten me, who knows, maybe I've been missing out on a very useful
or resource.

Thanks for past help.

Doug Mckinney
Technical Writer
Datron World Communications Inc.
www.dmckinney at


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