Hello monarchnewbie, and welcome to the Monarch forum.
I don't have the v6 Learning Guide handy, but I'll assume that you're going through the weblog exercise.
The thing to remember about floating traps is you generally[/I] want to setup traps that appear on the left side of all of the data that you want to extract with that template, and then optionally have a trap for characters that appear on the right side of your data, so as to terminate the extraction. Terminating the trap helps to capturing data of varying widths easily.
Usual steps: define the trap, click the Floating Trap checkbox, then paint your fields in the sample line.
Thank you so much for getting back with me- I am at a standstill because each lesson builds on the next.
The Trap Box (R) doesnt seem to recognize the open bracket ( as a trap.(leaving the trap box white instead of changing it to yellow= trap not working).
I followed your advise but it is like the open bracket isnt being recognized.
What else could it be? I have tried everything I can think of! The forward slash / is recognized along with other characters, etc. However, not the open or closed bracket.
At this point it would help to see what you're looking at, so if you could copy and paste a small sample of the report here (between the and tags... without the spaces in between), that would be great.
Otherwise a full screenshot would help too, but you can't upload that here. Use something like Photobucket and post a link to that image here.
The current tutorial with the weblog file, if I recall correctly, wants you to use the [ character, not (. But you could be looking at something else entirely.
One more thing: the trap character must be in exactly the same position as it appears in your sample line when defining floating traps.