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Add new symbol to FrameMaker 7.2's Symbol drop-down list

Feb 20, 2008 9:24 PM

I need to add a new symbol to FrameMaker 7.2's Symbol drop-down list -- the "#" pound symbol.

I've never attempted to customize FrameMaker in this way. I tried reading the
customizing_frame_products.pdf file, but am not able to figure out how to add a new symbol.

If anyone would be kind enough to help me with easy to understand instructions for adding a new symbol, I would very much appreciate it.
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    Feb 21, 2008 6:51 AM   in reply to jay fresno
    This is sort of like adding the P symbol or the 6 symbol. Why add
    something that's right there on the keyboard?

    Kenneth Benson
    Pegasus Type, Inc.
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    Feb 21, 2008 7:52 AM   in reply to jay fresno
    I'm surprised you didn't find this when you searched the archives....


    from Ian Proudfoot <>
    date Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 6:23 AM
    subject Re: Repair Symbols Pull Down Degree Symbol?

    A new message was posted by Ian Proudfoot in

    FrameMaker --
    Repair Symbols Pull Down Degree Symbol?

    Hi John,
    The pull down symbol menu only does half the job. If you select the x, then apply the symbol font you will get the degree symbol.

    Heres how to add symbols to the pulldown menu:
    (On Windows with all paths relative to the FrameMaker installation folder)

    1. Open the menus.cfg file.
    a. For structured FrameMaker this is located in the
    \fminit\fmstruct folder.
    b. For unstructured FrameMaker its in the
    \fminit\maker folder.
    2. Search for:
    <Add CharBullet <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharPlusMinus <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharGreaterEqual <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharNotEqual <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharDoubleDagger <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharDegree <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharEllipsis <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharEndash <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharEmdash <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharRegister <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharCopyright <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharTrademark <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharCent <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharPound <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    <Add CharYen <Menu SpecialSymbols>>

    3. Add your new character reference to this list as follows:
    (In this example we are adding the per thousand symbol )

    a. The Char commands are defined in the file
    b. Find the character that you want to add to the list:
    <Command CharPerThousand <Definition \xE4>>
    c. Add the label that will appear on the menu:
    <Command CharPerThousand <Label PerThousand><Definition \xE4>>
    d. Save the file
    4. Add the line command to menus.cfg:
    <Add CharPerThousand <Menu SpecialSymbols>>
    5. Save the file
    6. Restart FrameMaker, you should have a new entry on the pulldown menu.

    Im not sure why, but there are more charcters defined for unstructured FrameMaker, Structured Frame is missing the degree symbol.
    Some of you may want to correct the spelling of Em and En dash by editing their labels

    I hope this helps

    Now to find a way to automatically apply the correct char format for all symbols.


    Ian Proudfoot
    Adobe Community Expert

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