About Heading Variables

You can insert Heading variables into page layouts or master pages in order to automatically display text based on the mc-heading-level style property, which by default is applied to the h1 through h6 heading styles that you use in your project. Like Running Head variables, they are useful when creating print-based output. It's an easy way, for example, to automatically display a chapter title in the header of a chapter. For Adobe PDF, Microsoft XPS, and XHTML Book output, you can also use Heading variables to automatically display glossary headings/terms and index headings/terms in a page layout frame.

Heading variables are very similar to Running Head variables. The key appeal of Running Head variables is that they are supported in FrameMaker and help with the transition of authors from FrameMaker to Flare. So people who are familiar with FrameMaker might prefer to use Running Head variables because they are used to them. However, Heading variables are somewhat easier to use and therefore are recommended for people who do not have a FrameMaker background.

When you insert a variable, simply select the Heading variable set to access the available variables. You can then choose the appropriate variable on the right side of the dialog. For more information and explanations of the different Heading variables, see Inserting Heading Variables Into Frames and Inserting Heading Variables Into Master Pages.