You don't really give details of your entire workflow... for instance
if you output to RoboHelp or MIF2go or something else...

But it I were you, given the unpredictable nature of the results and
that you're on an old version, I'd think about adding a step in
production that uses FrameScript to check and convert the variables to
text after the edit cycles are complete.

However, it would probably be worth your while to evaluate the Tech
Comm Suite 2 to see if the newer software and integrated workflow
solves your problem.

Art

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On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 7:40 AM, Berman, Marta <marta.berman at hp.com> wrote:
> Hello all.
>
> This list has been so helpful to me, I'm hoping you can help once again!
>
> The main question is, "Can FrameMaker variables be part of a hypertext link 
> without losing their formatting in CHMs generated using WebWorks?"
>
> The Context
> ----------------------------------------
> * Using both FrameMaker 7.0 and 7.2 (not at the same time, of course!)
> * Generating a CHM file using Webworks Publisher 2003
>
> The Goal
> --------------------------------------
> To create a hypertext marker (in the format: "message URL 
> <helpFile>.chm::/<topicName>.htm") embedded in a phrase (such as 
> "<productName> <schemaHelpName>"), for example: "WidgitWorld Cool Schema 
> Help".
>
> Additional Factors and Complications
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> <productName> is a FrameMaker variable containing the product name (for 
> example, the variable contains "WidgitWorld").
> <schemaHelpName> is FrameMaker text, three words (for example, "Cool Schema 
> Help").
> The entire phrase, productName> <schemaHelpName>, has a character tag applied 
> to it.
> The entire phrase comprises the link; we want the entire phrase (all four 
> words) to visually be part of the link.
> The marker is somewhere in the middle of the phrase -- not before the 
> variable, obviously not in the variable, and not right after the variable... 
> The marker is applied by selecting the entire phrase.
>
> The Problem
> --------------------------------------
> Sometimes, in an intermittent fashion, hypertext links of this sort don't 
> display correctly in the CHM. Some do, some don't. The character tag format 
> disappears off either the entire <productName> text or just the first couple 
> of letters of the <productName> text.
>
> The Solution
> -----------------------------------------
> Is there one? Can FrameMaker handle variables that are part of hypertext 
> links?
>
> Thanks!
> Marta
>
>
> Marta Berman
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