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Why can't I use system variable building blocks in a user variable?

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May 10, 2016

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Using FrameMaker 11... I'd like to make a short variable that simply includes the full year -- no month, no date (e.g., "2016").  It is for a copyright page in my documents, that I'd just as soon forget about.  I just want to ensure that the year on this page is current (and auto-updates, if necessary when I build the book). 

I just had to re-PDF and re-release a document because of this (and our release process is anything but "speedy").

You can change the definition of one of the ...Date system variables to output only the year. For example, change the definition of Modification Date (Short) to <$year>.

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Why can't I use system variable building blocks in a user variable?

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Using FrameMaker 11... I'd like to make a short variable that simply includes the full year -- no month, no date (e.g., "2016").  It is for a copyright page in my documents, that I'd just as soon forget about.  I just want to ensure that the year on this page is current (and auto-updates, if necessary when I build the book). 

I just had to re-PDF and re-release a document because of this (and our release process is anything but "speedy").

You can change the definition of one of the ...Date system variables to output only the year. For example, change the definition of Modification Date (Short) to <$year>.

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You can change the definition of one of the ...Date system variables to output only the year. For example, change the definition of Modification Date (Short) to <$year>.

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Thanks a lot, Mike... I did exactly that, when I realized that those could be modified as such.  I just have to be EXTRA CAREFUL when importing formats between documents to ensure that "Variable Definitions" is un-ticked, I guess.

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