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Using Studio itself you can change the value to reflect that of the section (0 here). You just need to checkout the FOR and "save" it first (ctrl+s) and then check-in. This will refresh the FOR file.
This 'save' action will hold good when alignment is not reflecting properly in table etc.
The margins in the Form (FOR) file are overridden by what is defined in tha actual section when it loads. So unless the section is embedded in the FOR (which your XML does not seem to confirm), what you see in the FOR file is not relevant. When the section loads from the library, the margin values you see there will be changed to match what is actually defined in the section (FAP).
The margins are assigned in the Section and can be set differently for all 4 edges. If you don't want margings then, check the section out and notice the "Common margins" property near the top of the list. This is a drop-down where you can select "No margins" and this will set all sides to 0.
When you go to create a new section, we create it with the same margins as the last section you edited. So, once you have corrected the ones in error to have zero margins, then any newly created sections will default to 0 as well. That is unless you are creating the sections via some conversion process where the margin might be applied based upon the original document.
I have found that the DAPMARGIN settings are very relevant when dealing with overflowing sections using rel/max positioning; if the DAPMARGIN setting has a value for the bottom that doesn't necessarily correspond with the actual bottom of the section, the pagination is wildly inaccurate (to the tune of printing one 0.2" tall section per page and nothing else).
All of the cases I am referring to have common margin settings of 0 for all four values, which is why it is distressing to see 0 values when viewing the section in Documaker Studio, and then seeing different values when viewing the form using a text/XML editor.
The fact that the margin value is sticky is helpful, thank you for that. I will make sure the developers check those values when they are creating new sections, and we'll have to test to see if that is what continues to propogate this issue.