Hi Brad,

OK, in answer to your first question: Before you go to print it, you
must change the Show/Hide settings. From the Conditional Text dialog
box, click Show/Hide (in the lower right corner). In the Show/Hide
Conditional Text dialog box that opens, select only the conditional text
you want to show in the left pane, and then-and this is the important
part-make sure that you CLEAR the Show Condition Indicators check box.
This will make the text display in its default color, not the
conditional color. (Note that it will also display on screen in the
selected option, the same as it will print. Make this check box your

In answer to your second question: Make sure you have applied the
conditional text to the entire paragraph, not just the text in the
paragraph. If you select only the text and apply it, then you will see
what you are describing. Make sure that when you select the paragraph,
the selection block extends all the way to the margins on both sides.
This will give you the results you want. 

Chuck Beck

Sr. Technical Writer | Infor | Office: 614.523.7302 |
Charles.Beck at infor.com 

-----Original Message-----
From: framers-bounces+charles.beck=infor....@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces+charles.beck=infor.com at lists.frameusers.com] On
Behalf Of Brad Simmons
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 12:37
To: framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Questions on viewing conditional text

Hello fellow FM users,

I'm delving into the world of conditional text for the first time since
I started using FrameMaker, and I've encountered a couple of unforseen
problems. I'm wondering if someone knows how to work around these?

1. First, I've marked the two versions of my manual with two different
colors. This is quite handy when I'm working with my file before I've
printed it. However, when I went to make the .PDF, I was surprised to
find that it preserved these colors in the PDF! I didn't want it to do
that - I want my conditional text to look like regular text. 

First Question: Is there any way I can specify that the colors are
viewed on the screen only, and not in the final outputted document?

2. Second, I've specified a number of bulleted items as conditional
text. FM had no problem making the text conditional, but it completely
ignored the bullets themselves, and thus I have bullets hanging out on
the page with no text after them. This looks pretty weird.

Second question: Is there a way to specify to FM that the bullets have
to be included with the conditional text?


Brad Simmons
Technical Writer
Ag-Leader Technology

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