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Adobe FrameMaker: Adding a Trademark symbol to a variable

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker
Updated: May 23, 2020

From a recent Rocky Mountain Training FrameMaker student:

I took your FrameMaker class at the beginning of the year. I have a question about variables that hopefully you can help with. I need to make a variable that contains a trademark symbol, but I can’t get it to superscript the trademark symbol in the variable. We have to make it a variable because of translation purposes. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Adding symbols not found on the standard keyboard can be tricky, unless you want to memorize the ANSI codes*. Here’s a shortcut: use the Symbols button on the Quick Access toolbar to put the superscript ™ on a text string on the page, then cut it to the clipboard, and paste it into the variable definition.

Well, I noticed when I tried to insert the ™ directly into the definition, that everything would disappear. Your way worked!

Also, had some issues with superscripting the Registered Trademark with the ®. That one was tricky. You have to set up a character format for that one (since it is not automatically superscripted) and insert it into the definition.  Thanks again.

What’s confusing there is that the ™ is a superscript character, and shows up that way, but you have to manually superscript both the Copyright © and Registration ® symbols, if that’s how you want them to display. A character tag is always the way to handle superscript, so good for you!

If you do want to memorize the ANSI codes which work in all the dialog boxes, pods and panels, as well as on the page (and in any Windows application, not just in FrameMaker), hold the Alt key down with your left hand, type the following four numbers sequentially on the numeric keypad with your right hand, and release the Alt key.

™  0153
©   0169
®   0174

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