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Cross references lose formatting on book update

Mar 6, 2013 7:12 AM

Tags: #cross-reference_formatting

Good morning! I hope this will be an easy one, but you never know!

When I insert a cross reference into my FrameMaker 10 doc, and then Update the book, I lose my Italics formatting. I can then go back to the cross reference, double-click, click Replace, and the italics reappear.

Does this have something to do with my settings when I update the book?  My Update Book dialog box has the Numbering, All Text Insets, All Cross-References, and OLE Links check boxes selected.

Any thoughts on this are greatly appreciated!


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    Mar 6, 2013 7:25 AM   in reply to th72

    How are the italics being applied?

    I presume a named Character Format.


    Is the cross-reference file-to-file?

    Does the named Character Format exist in both files?

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    Mar 6, 2013 7:47 AM   in reply to th72

    > <Italic><Blue Text>


    Actually, you have two Character Formats there.

    Are you absolutely sure they are set to "As-Is" (or blank) for all attributes except:

    <Italic> Angle: Italic

    <Blue> Color: {whatever your blue color name is}


    <Blue> could easily be stomping <Italic>

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    Mar 6, 2013 8:41 AM   in reply to Error7103

    > Are you absolutely sure they are set to "As-Is" (or blank) for all attributes except:


    I might add, having just run into this again today with variables containing Character Formats, that it is all too easy to create a ChFmt with rather much more defined than you want. When you create one while the cursor is in text, by default it's going to pre-define every attribute, matching the current text plus whatever you change.


    To check and fix one having excess attributes defined, click in the margin so that no text is selected.

    Format > Characters > Designer

    Character Tag: [ { is initially blank } ]


    Select [v] the format of interest, say:

    Character Tag: [ Italic ]

    Family: through Language: should be "As Is" excepting:

    Angle: [ Italic ] (or Oblique depending on the font)

    Spread: [ {blank} ]

    Stretch: [ {blank} ]

    Underline through Pair Kern should have their buttons in the as-is aspect (neither depressed nor raised).

    Make it so.


    [ Update All ]

    In the Book menu, select all the other component files.

    File > Import > Formats

    [*] Character Formats {only}

    to all book component files, from the file you just fixed.

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