Using a Link Rule to apply Styling but the results are not what I expected

First, confirm the Link Rule is applying Style Sheets that have been set up in the document. Please note that the name of the Style Sheet that the Link Rule will apply must match the name of the Style Sheet that has been set up in the document.

Next, test the Link Rule to confirm the Link Rule has been set up correctly. You can test a Link Rule by doing the following: 

  1. Open the Rules window by selecting Setup > Rules from the DesignMerge menu.
  2. On the left side of the Rules window, select the name of the Link Rule that you wish to test.
  3. On the bottom right side of the Rules window, click the Test button. 
  4. When prompted, select the database that you wish to use to test this Rule, and click Open
  5. The Test Rule window will open where you can step through the records in the selected database, reviewing the results that are presented on the bottom of the Test Rule window.

Then, examine how you have used this Link Rule in the document: The ability of a Link Rule to apply Paragraph and Character Styles has been designed specifically for Text Links. If the Variable Link is instead assigned to a Text Frame, then the Rule will not apply any Paragraph or Character Styling. If you would like a Link Rule to apply Styling to the text that a Link imports, use a Text Link (assign the Variable Link to Text). Then, whether the Text Link imports plain text or formatted text, the Rule-applied Styling will be applied (the result will be similar to placing the plain text or formatted text in a text box or text frame and then applying the selected Paragraph and Character Style to that text).