Thanks for the great information everybody. As my department moves to
FrameMaker from MS Word I expect you'll see more questions from me in the


-----Original Message-----
From: Ridder, Fred [] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 5:19 PM
To: Brian.Darold at; framers at
Subject: RE: system variables inside a user variable?

As others have noted, it is not possible to use system variables within user
variables, nor is it possible to define additional new system variables. But
I have to say that I really don?t see that what you are trying to do
provides that much utility. Globally updating a regular user variable that
contains the year across all files in a book takes only a few minutes, even
for a large book, and you only need to change the value once a year.
A manual solution works fine for me in this situation.

My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel.
Fred Ridder (fred dot ridder at intel dot com) Intel Parsippany, NJ

-----Original Message-----
[ at] On
Behalf Of Brian.Darold at
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 12:03 PM
To: framers at
Subject: system variables inside a user variable?

Is it possible to put building blocks inside a user variable? Ideally I'd
like to create a variable named CurrentYear that contains only the <$year>
building block. For reasons unknown, I'd like to do this without modifying
or using the existing current date, modification date, or creation date

Thank you for your time.

Brian Darold
Technical Documentation Manager
Research & Development
Sage Software Healthcare Division
15151 NW 99th Street ? Alachua, FL 32615
Ph:  386.418.7562
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