Moving markers inside a paragraph

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Hi;

I just started working with Framemaker scripting this afternoon and using sample scripts here I've got the main skeleton of my program complete. I know that a similar script was posted here years ago to move markers to the start of words, but the script appears to have vanished and the one I'm working on needs to move the markers to the beginning of the paragraph that they're currently residing in (it help translation immensely).

So far my program opens a book and, one chapter at at time, finds all of the Index markers. I need to move those markers, but I don't have enough of a handle on the language yet to get it working.

The key function is here:

function moveMarker(doc, mrkType, pgf, offset)

{

    if (!doc.ObjectValid() )

    {

        return;

     }

    mrker = doc.FirstMarkerInDoc;

    while (mrker.ObjectValid() )

    {

        if (mrker.MarkerTypeId.Name == mrkType)

        {

             var str1 = mrker.MarkerText;

            

             /*  A quick test to confirm it's finding the Index markers */

            

               $.writeln(str1);

                 cnt ++;

                

             /* 

                 A counter to check how many Index markers it's finding

                 in the whole book -- will need a counter for number in each paragraph

                 to use as the offset from beginning of each paragraph

        */ 

               $.writeln(cnt);

         }

        mrker = mrker.NextMarkerInDoc;

      }

  }

My thoughts are to start each paragraph with a paragraph-counter (p-counter) set to "0"; once the script finds an Index marker, it should cut the marker, then past it to the start of the paragraph using the p-counter as the offset, then increment the p-counter (that way it should always paste the marker after the last one -- so it won't re-find the markers it's already found).

The main script currently starts with the first Index marker in a document and, when it hits the end of a document, moves to the next document in a book -- I know I'll need to have it start with the first paragraph in a chapter and track paragraphs as it goes.

Any suggestions on how best to do the cut--and-paste, as well last track the paragraph the marker is in?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Walt Sterdan

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 01, 2017 Oct 01, 2017
This is how I would do it for the paragraph containing the insertion point. Of course, you will need a loop for all of the paragraphs in the document and then a way to process all of the files in the book, but one step at a time.#target framemakervar doc = app.ActiveDoc;// Get the paragraph containing the insertion point.var pgf = doc.TextSelection.beg.obj;var marker;// Get a list of markers from the paragraph.var textList = pgf.GetText (Constants.FTI_MarkerAnchor);// Process the list backwards ...

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Hi;

It dawns on me that finding the "next" Index marker isn't going to find the next Index marker in the book by position, but by the order of creation.

This simplifies things a bit; it means that a counter isn't needed for the offset -- I only need to cut the Index Marker and paste it at the beginning of the paragraph with offset = "0".

At this point, I only need hints as to how to cut the Index Marker that's been found, and paste it at the beginning of the "current' paragraph.

-- Walt Sterdan

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This is how I would do it for the paragraph containing the insertion point. Of course, you will need a loop for all of the paragraphs in the document and then a way to process all of the files in the book, but one step at a time.

#target framemaker

var doc = app.ActiveDoc;

// Get the paragraph containing the insertion point.

var pgf = doc.TextSelection.beg.obj;

var marker;

// Get a list of markers from the paragraph.

var textList = pgf.GetText (Constants.FTI_MarkerAnchor);

// Process the list backwards so that the markers stay in the same order.

for (var i = textList.length - 1; i >= 0; i -= 1) {

    marker = textList.obj;

    if (marker.MarkerTypeId.Name === "Index") {

        moveMarker (marker, pgf, doc);

    }

}

function moveMarker (marker, pgf, doc) {

   

    var textRange;

   

    // Select the marker.

    textRange = new TextRange (new TextLoc (pgf, marker.TextLoc.offset),

        new TextLoc (pgf, marker.TextLoc.offset + 1));

    doc.TextSelection = textRange;

    // Cut the marker.

    PushClipboard ();

    doc.Cut ();

   

    // Put the cursor at the beginning of the paragraph.

    textRange = new TextRange (new TextLoc (pgf, 0), new TextLoc (pgf, 0));

    doc.TextSelection = textRange;

   

    // Paste the marker.

    doc.Paste ();

    PopClipboard ();

}

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Hi;

Thanks very much for the quick response, it looks like it should do the job.

I'll let you know how well it works once I've had a chance to test it, but at the very least the code involving the clipboard cut/paste looks like exactly what was stumping me.

Thanks again,

Walt

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I (ham-handedly) cobbled your copy/paste text with another program that traverses the book and wound up with a program that finds all of the Index markers, but doesn't move them and instead garbles the first paragraph of the first chapter containing index markers horribly.

The program jumps through each chapter of the book finding the first marker in each chapter; if it's not an Index marker, it moves to the next marker. If it is an Index marker, it attempts to cut and past it to the beginning of the first paragraph but actually copy/pastes what looks like the first character *after* the marker and pastes them all to the first paragraph in the chapter, not the paragraph the marker is contained in, leaving the marker where it is. The marker itself is intact, as is the text around it (with the exception of the first paragraph in the chapter).
The current state of the program:

traverseBook();

function traverseBook()

{

    var book = app.ActiveBook;

    if (!book.ObjectValid() )

    {

        return;

    }

    var mrkType = "Index";

    var comp=book.FirstComponentInBook;

  

    while(comp.ObjectValid())

    {

            doc = open(comp.Name);

            if (doc.ObjectValid() )

            {

                moveMarker(doc, mrkType);

                doc.SimpleSave(doc.Name,false);

                doc.Close(Constants.FF_CLOSE_MODIFIED)

             }

            comp = comp.NextBookComponentInDFSOrder;

     }

}

function moveMarker (doc, mrkType)

{

   var textRange;

   

    if (!doc.ObjectValid() )

    {

        return;

     }

    mrker = doc.FirstMarkerInDoc;

    while (mrker.ObjectValid() )

    {

        // Only do with Inde Markers

        if (mrker.MarkerTypeId.Name == mrkType)

        {

            // set pgf to current insertion point

            var pgf = doc.TextSelection.beg.obj;

            // Write the text of the Index marker to the console to confirm find

            var str1 = mrker.MarkerText;

            $.writeln (str1);

            // at this point we've confirmed that the current marker is an Index marker

            textRange = new TextRange (new TextLoc (pgf, mrker.TextLoc.offset),

                new TextLoc (pgf, mrker.TextLoc.offset + 1));

            doc.TextSelection = textRange;

            // Cut the marker.

            PushClipboard ();

            doc.Cut ();

  

            // Put the cursor at the beginning of the paragraph.

            textRange = new TextRange (new TextLoc (pgf, 0), new TextLoc (pgf, 0));

            doc.TextSelection = textRange;

  

            // Paste the marker.

            doc.Paste ();

            PopClipboard ();

         }

        mrker = mrker.NextMarkerInDoc;

      }

  }

function open(filename)

{

openProp = GetOpenDefaultParams();

i=GetPropIndex(openProp,Constants.FS_FileIsOldVersion);

openProp.propVal.ival=Constants.FV_DoOK;

i=GetPropIndex(openProp,Constants.FS_FontNotFoundInCatalog);

openProp.propVal.ival=Constants.FV_DoOK;

i=GetPropIndex(openProp,Constants.FS_FontNotFoundInDoc);

openProp.propVal.ival=Constants.FV_DoOK;

i=GetPropIndex(openProp,Constants.FS_FileIsInUse);

openProp.propVal.ival=Constants.FV_DoCancel;

i=GetPropIndex(openProp,Constants.FS_AlertUserAboutFailure);

openProp.propVal.ival=Constants.FV_DoCancel;

retParm = new PropVals();

docOpen=Open(filename,openProp,retParm);

return docOpen;

}

Note: The order of the markers doesn't matter, as they're assigned a number based on their order of creation -- if you start with the first and to go the next, you will eventually iterate through all of the markers; the index will be generated alphabetically and the index page ref's on their location. As long as all of the index markers of a given paragraph are piled up in the first position of their original paragraph, we're good.

Should I focus on traversing the book differently, or is there a simpler way to better identify the paragraph the marker is located in and cut/paste them to the first character in the paragraph?

Thanks,

Walt

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Oct 09, 2017 Oct 09, 2017

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Hi Walt,

while (mrker.ObjectValid() )

    {

// set pgf to current insertion point

    var pgf = doc.TextSelection.beg.obj;

At this point you do not have a textselection.

You can get the pgf with this:

pgf = mrker.TextLoc.obj

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Hi Klaus;

Embarrassingly obvious once you point it out, but that worked perfectly!

Thanks very much for your help!

-- Wlat

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