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conditional text and text inserts in FM 10

Nov 22, 2012 5:52 AM

Tags: #conditional_text

A perfect scenario, I thought, for conditional text: user guides for versions A and B of the same product, where most of the content is the same for both and some specific to one or the other. Some of the variants – such as "Connecting the power supply" – are at chapter level, others at paragraph level … so I've set prepared two .book files, and two chapter files which contain a single sentence plus the condition settings: show A, hide B or show B, hide A, respectively.

Extra finesse, just sprung on me: one chapters, which exists in an A and a B version, uses a text insert for some common paragraphs and one of these paragraphs now needs to be hidden util development is completed.

Long context, then. Short problems:

  • selecting all the files in a .book and using File > Import formats (with only Conditional text settings selected) doesn't seem to be working
  • the conditional text in the insert refuses to go away, even with the relevant condition defined, and set to Hide, both in the insert and in the chapter that calls it

Final question: do I need to brush up on conditions, or is FM 10 not as reliable as it might be here?

Windows 7.0, one single FM installation of

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    Nov 22, 2012 7:57 AM   in reply to Niels Grundtvig Nielsen



    When you imported the text insert, what did you set for its properties behaviour, i.e. to stay as per the source or to use the properties in the currrent document?


    Are you using "Show as per Condition" or "Show as per Expression" to control the appearance of the conditional text?


    In the insert source document, does the relevant paragraph hide when the condition is applied?


    Is the condition name spelled identically (capitalization and spaces) in the inset and document?

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