Is converting between .fm and .mif file formats considered to be safe (ie. no data lost in translation)? My understanding is that they should be - and indeed, I did not notice any glaring differences when I open a .fm and it's corrosponding .mif in Framemaker.
However, when I attempted the following experiment: 1) Open .fm file, save as .mif 2) Open .mif from 1), save as .fm (with different name) 3) Open .fm from 2), save as .mif. 4) Compare .mif files created in 1) and 3) using a text diff tool. I found that there were a number of differences, some of which are probably safe to ignore (like <XRefLastUpdate> elements), but some are more concerning (<TabStop> and <PgfNumTabs> elements missing in the latter file, <PgfPDFStructureLevel> elements having different values..) Goal: In the process of converting several documents from paper to framemaker documents, a large number of (rather randomly placed) "discretionary hyphen" characters were inserted (probably by the OCR software). I cannot seem to select these characters for use with the find/replace tool in Framemaker, so my idea was to convert to .mif, remove all instances of <Char DiscHyphen>, and then save back as FM. This appears to be successful, subject to my concerns above. So, I'm wondering.. is it safe to round-trip between .fm and .mif files? And if not, is there an alternate way of accomplishing my task of removing these extra characters? Thanks, Adam Schweitzer Orenda Aerospace Corporation