A Text Link does not merge Tagged Text data correctly

First, confirm that you have set up the Variable Link to use the appropriate Import Filter. For more information about this Variable Link setting, see Tutorial #1a (The Basics) in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual, which is available in PDF format in the DesignMerge product folder that the DesignMerge installer places by default in your system's Applications or Program Files folder. 

Next, please note that several Tag Import Filters use the Less Than (<) and Greater Than (>) characters as reserved characters. Therefore, these characters must not be used in the name of a Paragraph Style, Character Style, or Color Swatch that is applied to a Link which will merge data that is in a Tagged Text format. A conflict will occur if either of these two characters are included in the Name of a Paragraph Style, Character Style, or Color Swatch that is applied to a Link which will merge Tagged Text.

Another important tip: Check to see which Paragraph Style is your document's default Paragraph Style and also which Character Style is your document's default Character Style. These Document Default Styles are the Styles that will be applied, for example, when the data includes a Tag that ends the application of the previously applied Style. To see which Styles are your document's Default Styles, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the document.
  2. Deselect all content/objects (click with the Selection tool on empty space, for example, on the pasteboard).
  3. Open the Paragraph Styles palette. Confirm the currently selected style is the style you prefer for the default. If not, click on the name of your preferred Paragraph Style to make it the Default Paragraph Style. 
  4. Open the Character Styles palette. Confirm the currently selected style is the style you prefer for the default. If not, click on the name of your preferred Character Style to make it the Default Character Style. 
  5. To confirm you have now set your preferred Styles for the document's Default Styles, create a new text box in the document and enter some text. Highlight this text and confirm the default Paragraph and default Character Styles have been automatically assigned to this new text in this new text frame.

For an example of a job that merges Tagged Text data into a Text Link, see Tutorial #3 (ID Badges) in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual, which is available in PDF format in the DesignMerge product folder.