Thanks, good to hear you could replicate the behavior on your side. Now we 
definitely can remove the word "Possible" from the topic title...

I will talk to our vendors and see if they can use this workaround. In the 
meantime, I hope that the men and women at Adobe understands how serious this 
bug is and will provide a patch as soon as possible.

Thanks for the test work you did, Jeremy!

Best regards,
Mats Broberg


From: Jeremy H. Griffith []
Sent: Sun 2008-03-09 05:53
To: framers at
Cc: Broberg, Mats
Subject: Re: Possible MIF -> FM bug in FM 8.02 (p273)

On Fri, 7 Mar 2008 16:24:48 +0100, "Broberg, Mats" <mabr at>

>Concise problem statement:
>Opening edited (translated) MIF files in FrameMaker 8 causes some
>of the extended characters disappear. Text containing extended
>characters for different languages are missing characters in
>FrameMaker, although all characters are present in the MIF file.
>The missing characters follow no particular pattern, most of the
>time all characters are there.

We can confirm this bug in Frame 8.0p273.  In your test case, the
last UTF-8 character was dropped; the others were kept.

We investigated a bit further and may have a workaround for you.
We noticed the string content was fairly long, at 214 bytes
(counting the five UTF-8 instances as two bytes each).  While
that doesn't exceed the 254-byte limit, we thought it would be
worth examining.  When we cut the string into three ParaLines as
Frame would, where the first two were about 100 bytes each, all
characters remained.

We understand that a TM tool is generating the MIF.  Is there a
way to limit the maximum line length it allows in a single <String>
to, say, 128?  The length doesn't really matter to Frame, since
the line breaks are reset anyway upon loading the MIF.

-- Jeremy H. Griffith, at Omni Systems Inc.
  <jeremy at>

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