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RE: MIF representation of CiteMaker variables

The possibilities are these "vertical bars" are either high or low
ACSII values, which would display as 'unknown' in the font FrameMaker
uses for the dialog windows.

If you look at the MIF code, you will probably find several hexadecimal
characters (one for each vertical bar you see), encoded like \x13.

-- Lester
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-----Original Message-----
On Tuesday, July 08, 2003 07:12, Fred Ma [fma@doe.carleton.ca] wrote:

Neil Gould wrote:
> At any rate, the risk is that the bars are likely be
> different high-order characters with special meaning
> to the app that embeds them. Without understanding
> the schema, at best your attempt to use the coding
> would fail. I also wouldn't recommend messing with
> the internal reference numbers in a MIF file, as they
> are easy to corrupt. However, you should be able to
> process the variables as they appear in the MIF file,
> if that helps.

Hi, Neil,

I'm viewing the thick bars by opening up the window to edit variable
definitions: Special->Variables->EditDefinition.  The bars appear
right after the numeric value in the Definition field.  I can't copy
and paste them in any way at all.  In fact, if I try to copy the
contents of the Definition field and paste it into a new variable
definition, the bars do not get copied (this is within the same
document, without even closing the Variables panel).

I just tried to duplicate the results I posted about and I might
have been mistaken.  The information represented by the vertical bars
are *not* contained in the MIF file.  If I load in the MIF file, the
variable definitions do not contain vertical bars.  I have to check
to see if the CiteMaker plugin will still work properly when the
citations do not have these vertical bars.  Otherwise, it's not even
safe to render the document into MIF format, as crucial information is
lost.  If however the loss of information does not impede compilation
of cited references, then I can safely manipulate the MIF file.


P.S.  Sent to comp.text.frame, adobe.framemaker, and framers.omsys.com.
Fred Ma, fma@doe.carleton.ca
Carleton University, Dept. of Electronics
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1S 5B6

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