Vol 3: Son of Ohs and Wows

The Continuing Highlights of the InDesign CS3 Help file.

Herein, pages 101-150.

p. 105
export to XHTML gotcha: ID doesn’t export hyperlinks. it also doesn’t export master page items unless they have been overridden

p. 106
objects grouped in ID are grouped in XHTML

overset text is exported to XHTML

command-drag a text frame handle to resize frame with the type tool, pause for one second before dragging to see the text recompose as you drag

using the selection tool, press command to scale text within as you drag a frame handle

add shift to keep your text from distorting

p. 111

with the scale tool, hold command to scale the frame but not the text within

master text frames will not change when you change document setup unless you choose Enable Layout Adjustment

p. 112

when placing text into linked frames based on a master page: they won’t stay linked unless you hold shift to auto flow, or override one frame first.

once you override a frame, changes to text on the master won’t be reflected on the document pages

word and character counts are available in the Info panel for the whole story with just a blinking cursor, or for a range of text, when you’ve selected one

choose All Info or Text Only under clipboard handling to get (or not get) styles and swatches with pasted text

p. 113

to change the text used as placeholder text, name a file Placeholder.txt in the application folder

p. 114

don’t forget the option of choosing edit > paste without formatting

Adjust Spacing Automatically When Cutting And Pasting Words may be the longest preference name in all of InDesign

p. 123

The four flavors of text flow
• manual
• semi autoflow: option+click
• auto flow: shift+click
• fixed page auto flow: shift+option click

All these also work when you click the out port of an existing frame.

p. 125

The five baseline offset options
• fixed-specified distance between the inset and the baseline
• leading-leading value is the distance between the inset and the baseline
• ascender-the height of the d character falls below the inset of the top of the frame
• x-height-height of the x character falls below the inset
• cap height-top of the uppercase letters touches the top inset

All these set the distance between the top inset and the baseline of the first line of text

if you want text to snap the top of the frame to a grid, choose fixed or leading

p. 126

by default, triple-click = select a line
quadruple-click = select paragraph
quintuple-click =  select story

p. 127
Them’s the Breaks
enter=column break, but it functions as frame break in single column frames
shift+enter = frame break (no matter how many columns there are)
cmd+return = page break

p. 129
you can have multiple story editors open by having the story editor in front and choosing New Window

p. 130
At last the identity of my Structure Pane Gremlin is revealed! But how the heck did Kenten get in there in the first place???

p. 132
use Edit >Find Next so you don’t have to keep the Find/Change dialog open

p. 133
use wildcards to find all word variations. sˆ$ng = sing song sung.

p. 138
select one character, right click and choose Load Selected Glyph In Find (or change)

p. 139
Find Font is available in the Preflight dialog box, Fonts tab. Talk about last minute changes…

To see exactly where InDesign is finding a font, select the font in the Find Font dialog and choose Reveal in Finder/Explorer.

p. 140
to load saved queries someone else gave you, put the query files (XML, natch) user/library/prefs/adobe indesign/version 5.0/find-change queries/(glyph, GREP, object, text)

filter what’s shown in the Glyphs panel by choosing numbers, symbols, math symbols, punctuation etc.

p. 141
more fun Obscure InDesign Terminology: did you know the teeny arrows to the left of some panel names is called the Cycle Widget?

p. 142
Weird! The Glyphs panel keeps track of the 35 most recently used glyphs in a line a the top of the panel. But the only way to see all 35 this way is to expand the panel horizontally till it’s practically as wide as the Control panel.

Or just choose Recent Glyphs from the panel’s Show menu.

p. 143
the little u that appears alongside a glyph means it was saved with the font not remembered, and thus the unicode value determines the appearance of the glyph. you turn font remembering on and off in the Edit Glyph Set dialog.

p. 144
right click on a glyph in the panel to load it in Find/Change or delete it from a custom glyph set

p. 145
glyph set files are kept in user/library/preferences/adobe indesign/version 5.0/presets/glyph sets
this is the file to send to your GSFs (glyph sharin’ friends).

preferences>dictionary is where to go to choose different glyphs for single and double quotes

cmd+shift+option+’ switches Use Typographer’s Quotes on and off

p. 146
em space = width of the type point size, so in 12 pt type, an em space is 12 pts wide
en space = 1/2 of a em space
nonbreaking spaces come in two flavors: regular, which expands and contracts with justified text, and fixed width
third space = 1/3 of an em space
quarter space = 1/4 of an em space
sixth space 1/6 of an em space
flush space= fixes the problem of the last line in a fully justified paragraph
hair space=1/24 of an em space
thin space=1/8 em space. suggested usage: on either side of em and en dashes
figure space=width of a number suggested usage: aligning numbers in tables
punctuation space: width of a period.

p. 147
when you click Ignore All in spell checking, ID ignores those words until the next time it is restarted

p. 148
you can also enable auto correct for capitalization errors too

if you accidentally click Ignore All, and want to un-ignore a word during spell checking, click Dictionary and choose Dictionary List: Ignored Words, select the word and click Remove.

p. 149
More Spell Checking Tidbits
you never actually alter a dictionary, you just three additional lists:
added words = words that aren’t already in the dictionary
removed words = existing dictionary words that you do want flagged as misspellings
ignored words = ignored for the current session because you clicked Ignore All
there are separate lists of these kinds for all languages

p. 150
user dictionaries have the extension .udc

paragraph and character styles allow you to choose dictionaries for the text to which they are applied, in the Advanced Character Formats section.

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