Encountered a Bad Tag warning

A Bad Tag error condition indicates a Link in the document is assigned to something that no longer exists in the Current DDF (for example, a Variable Link, a Link Rule, or a Price Style). When a Link encounters a Bad Tag error, the Link may display a "Bad Tag!" error message. Additionally, DesignMerge will not merge a document until the Bad Tag error condition has been repaired.

 

To see which Links are encountering a Bad Tag error, run a Variable Link Report Test merge session. Any Link that is encountering a Bad Tag error will list "Bad Tag!" for its Status. For more information about  running a Variable Link Report, see Tutorial #1a (The Basics) in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual, which is available in PDF format in the DesignMerge product folder on your system.

 

To see which DDF entry is missing, use the appropriate tool to click on the Bad Tag Link in the document and open the DesignMerge floating palette. The palette will indicate a missing entry by bracketing the entry's name with  <  and  > characters, for example: <abcXYZ>.

 

There are several different ways you can repair a Bad Tag error condition once you have determined which entry is missing from your DDF (the Variable Link, Link Rule, or Price Style). You can either add the missing entry to your DDF, or you can replace the Bad Tag Link in the document, as described below:

 

Add the missing entry to your DDF by following the steps below:

  1. Open the appropriate window (Variable Links, Rules, or Price Styles) and click the Add button to add a new entry.
  2. For the name for the new entry, enter the name of the missing entry that is assigned to the Bad Tag Link.
  3. Next, select appropriate settings for this new entry. For example, if this is a new Variable Link, select the appropriate Field for the Link.
  4. Then, click OK. You should now be able to merge this Link that previously encountered a Bad Tag error.

Replace the Bad Tag Link in the document with a new Link by following the steps below:

  1. Open the DesignMerge floating palette.
  2. Use the appropriate tool to select the Bad Tag Link in the document.
  3. Select appropriate settings on the palette for this Link.
  4. Click the Replace button on the palette. You should now be able to merge this Link that previously encountered a Bad Tag error.