You only need to muck with MIF files when importing variable formats because FM has this really annoying feature of not letting you remove the system variables, so a MIF fragment is the only way to make a "template" that doesn't have them. That's the problem with the "third variant" from Grant and others, and it's only a problem if your system variables change across the book. Ours did - we changed page number styles.
With paragraph styles this issue doesn't exist, so you could use MIF fragments but don't have to. Importing from an FM file is fine and certainly simpler! Rick's ImportFormatsSpecial plugin sounds interesting for letting you separate the system and user variables. Cheers, Rebecca >>> Fred Ridder <docudoc at hotmail.com> 15/01/08 06:56 >>> Diane Schaefer asked: > Would this [importing a MIF fragment] also work for importing > select paragraph formats? Yes, it would work for that but there is a much more direct approach that I think is a lot easier. Just make a special file (consider it a template since it need not contain any text content, although I always recommend using the body of template files to self-document the template's design and features) whose Paragraph Catalog contains *only* the styles you want to import. Simple and much more foolproof than poking around in the MIF code, IMO. Note that this is basically the same as the "third variant" technique that Grant Hogarth suggested in his post earlier today. (I am really embarassed to have forgotten that approach when I posted my reply in this thread last evening, since I've been using the technique for at least 6 or 7 years. Must be an early sign of what's-his-name's disease...) Fred Ridder _________________________________________________________________ Watch ?Cause Effect,? a show about real people making a real difference. http://im.live.com/Messenger/IM/MTV/?source=text_watchcause _______________________________________________ NOTICE: This message contains privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message you are hereby notified that you must not disseminate, copy or take any action in reliance on it. If you have received this message in error please notify Allied Telesis Labs Ltd immediately. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender, except where the sender has the authority to issue and specifically states them to be the views of Allied Telesis Labs.