FrameMaker doesn't use "#" as a variable number of characters in the search. What can I use?

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Jul 06, 2018

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FrameMaker doesn't use "#" as a variable number of characters in the search. What can I use?

Thanks in advance.

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You can use ? (as in d?g) to search for instances of dog or dig. Is that what you're asking?''

Searching on d??g would yield dang or doug

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I want to search between 2 knowns an undetermined number of characters.

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Fm supports regular expressions, so create a GREP string that does that

[Guest Post] “Do the magic: Regular Expressions in FrameMaker”, by Marek Pawelec – Adobe TechComm Bl...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 07, 2018

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Hi Roger:

FrameMaker quietly supports regular expressions. You do need to enable the regular expression radio button for these to work:

  • You can use .+ to match any character (one or more). This includes spaces.
  • If you just need to match letters (upper and lower) use [\l\u]+.

~Barb

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You lost me Barb.

enable the regular expression radio button ????

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The list of fields that read "Simple Search", "Wildcards", "Regular Expressions" in the Find/Change pod.

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In the Find/Change pod I have "considercase, Whole word, Wldcards, and Find Backwards".

I have checked off Wildcards and searched by putting in the Find field, "A.+T".  I'm not doing this correctly, am I?

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Sorry, what version of FM?

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Rog,

   What version of FrameMaker are you using? Regular expressions were added in FrameMaker 12. For earlier versions, you can use wildcards. See Help for more information, but an asterisk matches any number of characters.

         --Lynne

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Community Beginner ,
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Original post I wrote # but meant *. The asterisk doesn't work as a wildcard as far as I can tell.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Hi Roger:

Did you enable the Wildcards radio button?

Screenshot 2018-07-10 07.13.51.pngScreenshot 2018-07-10 07.14.22.png

We were guessing on the version (thanks for clarifying) and still guessing on the actual search criteria (based on one of your answers my guess is "A something T"). It is always helpful to provide us with as much detail as possible, along with screen shots, to expedite the process.

~Barb

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HI Roger:

Sorry I've been in class teaching FrameMaker all day, but I suspect Jeff and Lynne have taken care of the follow-up question. What version are you using? As Lynne mentioned, regular expressions weren't added until version 12.
Screenshot 2018-07-09 16.28.09.png

~Barb

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