I'd suggest using CleanImport to clean up the variables as well as the
tags by imposing the standard template that you settle upon...

Art

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On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Joseph Lorenzini
<panopticon23 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I recently started at a new position. The documentation set is almost all in
> FrameMaker (which is good) but the templates are a mess (which is very,
> very, very bad). There are tons of unused paragraph and character tags in
> each book and there are tags in some books that do not exist in others etc.
> I've decided to tackle this one step at a time, where I solve one template
> issue at a time. In this case, I am focusing on variables, they are used
> everywhere but there use is inconsistent and all over the map. It would be a
> nightmare to try to deal with this variable issue going document by
> document, however if I was able to manage, edit, delete, and add variables
> on the book-level then it would be manageable. So here's my question for you
> all:
>
> What plugin would you recommend that would allow to handle variables on the
> book-level? I have already looked into the BookVars plugin but the info I
> have indicates its only compatible with FM 8 or earlier. Also, I'd
> appreciate any one who would share their strategy for creating and managing
> variables across different books in FM.
>
>
> --
> Sincerely,
>
> Joseph Lorenzini
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