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Report: Format overrides


Problem description

When in FrameMaker text is directly formatted (without the use of formats), so-called format overrides will occur. These overrides may cause problems in the production process and make global adjustments and format updates more difficult.

FrameMaker does not offer the option to create an overview of format overrides.

Function description

The script lists format overrides of the current document or all documents of the current book.

(1) Overrides of paragraph formats, character formats and/or table formats can optionally be taken into account.

If neither of the three object types has been selected, only formats that are not included in the format catalogs will be listed:

The other format overrides will be listed by page.

The objects with overrides (paragraphs, text ranges, tables) can be accessed directly by mouse click through the report.

If there are many overrides in the documents, we recommend that you check the overrides of the paragraph formats and character formats separately.

(2) The overrides in the corresponding formatting will not be taken into account if the options for ‘Special Formattings’ are disabled. This applies to paragraph and character formats.

(3) Format overrides in straddled table cells and within anchored frames are often less problematic in the production process. If the options for ‘Special Objects’ are disabled, the objects are not taken into account during the check.

(4) Furthermore, the following paragraph format overrides are sometimes ‘allowed’ during the production process: Page break, paragraph format overrides caused by character formats and empty paragraphs without text.
The consideration of these overrides can also be ignored.

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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]’).

The script Show Paragraph Format Overrides can be used to show the format overrides of the current paragraph.

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