Is it possible to insert a variable in mailto functionality?
It is generally not possible to have an FM variable in any of the marker texts (index, hypertext, ...).
Hmmm, some variables do work in marker texts.
You are right, Lothar. I need to be more precise: User variables can not be used in any marker type.
In index markers a number of building blocks are valid (such as
<$startrange>). In cross reference markers building blocks such as
<$pagenum> are valid. Some of these are system variables such as
<$chapnum> - which you mentioned in your example.
All system- and user variables are available on master pages. On body pages and reference pages all user variables are available, but not all system variables (for example
You can find a complete table of these building blocks in
 S. O'Keefe and S. A. Loring, FrameMaker 7: The complete reference. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
 M. Sullivan and S. O'Keefe, Publishing fundamentals: Unstructured FrameMaker 11. Research Triangle Park, N.C: Scriptorium Press, 2013.
Hi Klaus, thanks for the recommendation.
Unfortunately, both the books you mention are out of print.
The FrameMaker 2015 and FrameMaker 2017 versions are available (in print and/or eBook) at
The print version is also available on Amazon, but at a higher price.