Hi Nina,

Are your cross-references really intra-file, meaning
that they point to another paragraph not in the same
chapter but in the same file which you import? Then
that's no problem.

However, if the cross-references point to another one
of the 50 files of the same chapter, then you will get
problems. The target file name in the cross-reference
won't change by the import. You want a cross-reference
to the _chapter_ file instead of to one of the 50 files.

Rick Quatro offers the scripts ResolveInsetXRefs.fsl and
RestoreInsetXRefs.fsl, which correct all sorts of cross-
reference problems related to text insets.

Best regards


> -----Original Message-----
> From: framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com 
> [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Nina Rogers
> Sent: Friday, October 17, 2008 7:26 PM
> To: framers at lists.frameusers.com
> Subject: Importing FM Text
> Hello, Framers!
> I have several (OK, 50) short Framemaker files that I want to combine
> into what will be "Chapter 3" of a book file. The book file 
> has already
> been created (it's for a user guide that is updated from year 
> to year),
> and the chapter already exists ... I've just revamped the chapter and
> want to replace it with my combined 50 files. The 50 files have many,
> many graphics imported by reference. They also include intra-file
> cross-references. I'm waiting until they are integrated into the book
> file before I worry about cross-referencing to other files.
> My plan is open the existing "Chapter 3" file (the one I want to
> replace). I will delete the text flow from Chapter 3, then do a File >
> Import > File > Import for each of my 50 short files. When the Import
> Text Flow by Copy dialog comes up, I will select Body Page Flow and
> Reformat Using Current Document's Formats.
> I have been working in Framemaker for about a year and a half, but my
> this type of import is not something I have done before. My 
> concerns are
> as follows:
> 1.    Will I lose my graphics? I tested this and it doesn't look like
> I will. I'm just nervous. :-(
> 2.    Will the styles get "messed up"? Both the original "Chapter 3"
> and my 50 files used the same document as a template, so the 
> styles are
> (or should be!) all the same.
> Also, is there a better way to do this? Does anyone have any tips for
> any preliminary steps I should take?
> Thanks!
> Nina Rogers, Technical Writer
> Tax Development (Federal)
> Drake Software
> (828) 524-8020 x4204
> nina.rogers at drakesoftware.com
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