By removing the ImportFormatsSpecial.dll and .ini from /fminit/Plugins directory I was able to duplicate the issue Verner had and that Richard's test confirmed.
I then made two test files which I saved as MIF files: one importing Document Properties with FrameMaker's native import formats function; the other with Rick Quattro's ImportFormatSpecial plug-in, and then compared the resulting files. The native FrameMaker import function apparently has a bug that adds a <TFSideheads Yes> tag to the <TextFlow section, which causes the sidehead to be imported along with Document Properties. This bug is "fixed" in Rick's plug-in. (And Rick, please feel free to send me commissions on the avalanche of ImportFormatSpecial orders you receive.) The relevant sections from the MIF files follow. Import Document Properties with ImportFormatSpecial: <TextFlow <TFTag `A'> <TFAutoConnect Yes> <Notes > # end of Notes Import Document Properties with native FrameMaker Import Formats function: <TextFlow <TFTag `A'> <TFAutoConnect Yes> <TFSideheads Yes> <Notes > # end of Notes Baruch Brodersen -----Original Message----- From: Combs, Richard [mailto:richard.co...@polycom.com] Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 5:47 PM To: Baruch Brodersen; Andersen, Verner Engell VEA; framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: RE: My document "properties" in template turns sideheads on for severalfiles where it is unwanted Baruch Brodersen wrote: > My test showed no effect on column layout (i.e., sideheads) by importing > any > or all Document Properties formats. Importing Page Layouts however, did. Column layout and room for side heads are two different issues. I did some testing, too. I opened an index file, which has a two-column layout with no room for side heads. I selected File > Import > Formats. In the dialog, I made sure Document Properties was the only item selected, and then I imported from a chapter file, which has a one-column layout with room for side heads. The index file retained its two-column layout, but room for side heads became turned on. Interestingly, the master pages were unchanged -- their text frames still did not have room for side heads. But the main body flow did, confirming that room for side heads is a flow property, not a text frame property. I reverted to saved and repeated the experiment, this time importing only Page Layouts. Except for the first page (which uses a custom master page unique to my index files), the index file lost its two-column layout. But room for side heads did _not_ turn on. The default master pages were replaced by the single-column ones from the chapter file, and they had room for side heads turned on. But the main body flow did not. Richard Richard G. Combs Senior Technical Writer Polycom, Inc. richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom 303-223-5111 ------ rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom 303-777-0436 ------