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Can't import user-created variable FrameMaker 17

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Aug 17, 2023 Aug 17, 2023

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I follow FrameMaker's directions on importing a variable but the variable I want to import does not appear in the new document

https://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/using/index.html#t=using-framemaker%2FFrameMaker-2022%2Fuser...

-- David

 

 

 

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Aug 17, 2023 Aug 17, 2023

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Hi David,

Your description is a little bit short.

Can you give us more details, what you do exactly?

Is the variable which you mention a user variable or a system variable?

Best regards, Winfried

Do you import into a file or into a book?

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Aug 17, 2023 Aug 17, 2023

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That's clearly unexpected.

 

This is a User var, and not a System var?


What versions of FM (exporting & importing)?
If importing from a newer version of FM to an older, that would be expected to fail.

 

What is the exact name of the Var?
And the definition, if shareable?

Does the Def call for anything not present in the importing .fm file (such as a Character Format)?

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Aug 17, 2023 Aug 17, 2023

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We have so many questions!! 🙂

 

Mine is: exactly how are you trying to import the variable? I know you showed us a link but the steps are actually on a different page: https://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/using/index.html#t=using-framemaker%2FFrameMaker-2022%2Fuser....

 

To import a variable you need to add it to a document, leave that file open, and then open the file you want to import it to. (If you are using a book, you need to add it to a document, leave that file open and select the files in the book window that you want to import it to). 

 

With the file you want to import it into active (or with the selected files in the book window active), choose File > Import > Formats, choose the file with the variable, and variable will be imported into the selected file (or files).

 

I'm mostly here to point out that you can't import a single variable from one file to another — it will always import all the variables from one file to another. Usually that's a good thing, but once and a while it isn't. This is also on the page that I linked to but has been overlooked too many times that it is worth repeating.

 

~Barb

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Aug 21, 2023 Aug 21, 2023

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How odd!!

Are you able to copy/paste the variable to the destination document? Perhaps that might highlight whether the issue is with the import process or with the variable definition.

 

-Matt

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