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Report: Paragraph and Char Formats


Problem description

Globally changing the properties of paragraph and character formats in FrameMaker cannot be done easily.

Format changes can be made individually in the Paragraph and Character Designer Catalog. The dialog for global update can be used to change certain properties for all formats of a document.

Applying format changes to specific formats only is difficult to do using FrameMaker’s built-in functions.

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Function description

The script creates a report for all paragraph and character formats of a document. In addition, formats that are used in the document but not included in the format catalog will be listed (e.g. ‘New Paragraph Formats’).

In addition to the format names, several (but not all) relevant properties of the formats are listed.

The format instances of all formats in the ‘Sample’ column are the deciding factors.
Based on these paragraphs, not only will it be easier to display the properties of the formats in the applicable design dialogs, but also to implement global customizations of multiple formats elegantly.

For the global customization of specific formats, simply select all corresponding cells in the sample column. Sorting the table first ( font family) may be helpful.

After the cells are selected, make the desired changes in the designer dialog. Note especially when adjusting the character formats that all properties that are not to be changed are set to ‘As Is’. (Shift+F8 will reset everything to ‘As Is’ in the dialog.)

The changes can now be made for all selected formats using the ‘Update All’ button (or through ‘Commands > Global Update Options’).
It is important to enable the ‘All Matching Tags in Selection’ setting in the Options dialog here.

The paragraph and character catalogs of the report do not contain any formats with the exception of the formats of the sample column. This provides the option to import the paragraph and character formats from the report using the FrameMaker format import to an individual document or all documents of a book.

The creation of a more comprehensive report for all formats of a document with all properties is possible using the itl ‘TemplateTool’ script.

This script also permits convenient commenting of individual formats and template version management with history function. Every user can generate the complete template information (including meta data) from any document on-the-fly.

If you are interested in this script, please contact Nachfolgender Link öffnet das Standard-Mail Programm mit der Mail-Adresse des Links als Empfänger.Regine Ceglarek.

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  • FrameMaker 6.0 or higher
  • FrameScript/ElmScript 4.1 or higher


The script works with structured and unstructured documents.

The report is saved in the document folder (‘_[i]’).

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