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Instead releasing the anchored object cut and paste it.
I can see this behavior already with CS6.
FWIW: Paste In Place has a bug, if you cut an anchored object and want to place it:
The pasted object will not be pasted at the same position as it was anchored before.
I would file a bug report on this issue:
Hi Uwe, I have not seen any further development regarding the XML features since InDesign CS3.
so you can see this issue already with InDesign CS3 ?
The only workaround I know of in the UI is to cut and paste.
BTW: It makes no difference to release the anchored object by scripting.
The released object is untagged.
With scripting the best method will be:
Duplicate anchored object, remove original.
Since this is a known bug, can we expect a fix for the same in InDesign 2018?