RE: Frame oddity

Subject: RE: Frame oddity
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <dsg -at- cypress -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:07:14 -0400

Debra Wnamaker wrote:

> I ran into something strange with Frame and I wondered if any of you had ever encountered it. I have a document with superscripts in headings and chapter titles. These are done with a superscript character tag so the superscripts carry over into the TOC. The TOC is set up to make hyperlinks. When I make a pdf, the links only go up to the superscripted character. The text to the right of it isn't a link. Any idea what's going on or what I can do about it?

The behavior you describe is a consequence of the way FrameMaker hypertext markers work. When a hypertext marker is inserted into a paragraph, the active area for the marker (its "hot spot") begins at the location of the marker and extends forward (toward the end of the file) until it encounters one of three things:
1) the end of the paragraph
2) another hypertext marker
3) any change in character formatting
Your superscripting (whether applied directly as a format override, or applied as a named character format) are examples of the third type of hot spot delimiter.

The only workaround for this design behavior is to duplicate (or triplicate) the marker to extend the active area past the obstruction, and I believe that there are plug-ins and/or FrameScript scripts that can do this for you in an automated way. For myself, I prefer to avoid superscripts and other character formatting in all headings, figure captions, and table titles so that there is no problem with prematurely terminated hots spots in the first place. And at my current employer, I was happy to find that our division's style guide is in agreement with my preference.

-Fred Ridder

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