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Cross Reference Colors

New Here ,
Oct 31, 2023 Oct 31, 2023

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Hello, I need help to make the font of cross-references blue. I've looked at other posts related to the issue and have attempted the steps but for whatever reason, my cross-references remain black.

1. In the character catalog, I create a new style:

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2. In the cross reference pod, I click on the building block labled 'hyperlink_blue' and add it to the cross reference I'm trying to create

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3. When I click on insert, I get the following. The font remains black, not blue

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In other posts, some say to go to View>Colors>Views to see if the color blue is hidden. As far as I can tell it's not.

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Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you, 

 

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Community Expert , Oct 31, 2023 Oct 31, 2023

I don't think you're building the Format correctly - shouldn't the character tag go before the bit that you want to change colour? And shouldn't there be a </> "ender" after using it?

Edit - like:
<$chapnum>.<$sectionnum><Hyperlink_Blue><$paratext></>

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I don't think you're building the Format correctly - shouldn't the character tag go before the bit that you want to change colour? And shouldn't there be a </> "ender" after using it?

Edit - like:
<$chapnum>.<$sectionnum><Hyperlink_Blue><$paratext></>

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Thank you, Jeff! Adding '<$paratext></> did the trick! 

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Oct 31, 2023 Oct 31, 2023

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Cool - had to crack open my old Publishing Fundaments: Unstructured FM 11 manual for that one [shout out to @Matt S - Tech Comm Tools ] - (I don't really deal with any link formatting inside my FM files - only in the HTML5 that I create).

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  • The end tag </> is only necessary if you want to change formatting of subsequent text in the cross-reference. The character tag auto closes at the end of the xref. The same applies to variables.

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And thanks to Jeff for helping proof and edit that Fm11 version of the book!!!

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Noted. Thank you,

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