You are describing a common Filemaker problem. Text formatting is not passed
as a field value. It sounds as though the letter text is entered with local
formatting that over-rides the field formatting. If you place a copy of the
same field on the layout, but apply different formatting in layout mode, you
will see that only the color shows up in the new field iteration when you
apply local formatting to the first iteration. If you use SetField to pass
the text, you don't even get the color.
If you use Copy and Paste, the local formatting will be retained, but this
is an awkward method, requiring changing layouts. You might consider using
...which populates select text in a Word document with Filemaker field
Vashon Island, WA
Associate Member, Filemaker Solutions Alliance
> I have file mail_text containing letters: main fields contain
> short description
> The user can search for any subset of people, choose from the list of
> letters, send a personal letter to each person and store the code and date
> (in another table) so that it is possible to see a list of all letters
> have been sent to each person. Letters can be introduced at any time and
> re-used any number of times.
> The problem is that although the message field can be set up with
> words in bold, italic etc and this can be seen in the mail_text file, when
> it is viewed in the letter layout, all the text is plain, and all the
> formatting needs to be re-set before printing.
> Can anyone suggest why the formatting is lost and how it can be retained?
> thanks in advance
> Christine Artus