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Importing or Creating Variables in FrameMaker

When you work with Adobe FrameMaker source documents, typically you import variables into your Adobe FrameMaker source documents from an Adobe FrameMaker template. The Adobe FrameMaker template contains variables defined by the Stationery designer.

Typically you should not need to create variables in your Adobe FrameMaker source files if you use an Adobe FrameMaker template created by a Stationery designer. However, in some cases you may need to create a variable in an Adobe FrameMaker source document if you do not have an Adobe FrameMaker template that includes a variable you need for your project.

The following procedure provides an example of how to import or create variables in Adobe FrameMaker source documents using unstructured Adobe FrameMaker 7.2. Steps for importing or creating variables in Adobe FrameMaker may be different in other versions of Adobe FrameMaker.

To import variables or create a variable in an Adobe FrameMaker source document

  1. Open your Adobe FrameMaker source file.

  2. If you want to import variables into your Adobe FrameMaker source file from an 'Adobe FrameMaker template, complete the following steps:

  3. Open the Adobe FrameMaker template that contains the variables you want to import.

  4. On the File menu, click Import > Formats.

  5. In the Import from Document field, select the Adobe FrameMaker template that contains the variables you want to import from the list.

  6. In the Import and Update field, select only the Variable Definitions check box.

  7. Click Import.

  8. Click OK to confirm the operation.

  9. If you want to create a variable in your Adobe FrameMaker source file, complete the following steps:

  10. On the Special menu, click Variables.

  11. Click Create Variable.

  12. In the Name field, type a name for the variable. Variable names are case sensitive. For example, VariableName and variablename are different variables.

  13. Insert your cursor in the Definition field.

  14. In the Character Formats field, select a character format for the variable and then type a value for the variable. For more information about specifying character formats for variables, see the Adobe FrameMaker Help.

  15. Click Add. Adobe FrameMaker adds the variable to the list of variables. The variable is the value that Adobe FrameMaker displays in your Adobe FrameMaker source document.

  16. Click Done.

  17. Save your Adobe FrameMaker source file.

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