Vol. 4: The Quest For Wows


Herein, highlights of the InDesign CS3 Help file, pages 151-200, in which Doris gets her oats.

p. 151
in the dictionary dialog (edit>spelling>dictionary) double click a word in the list to edit its hyphenation. tildes indicate where the word will be hyphenated and which places are preferred.
1~ = the best point
2~~ = 2nd choice
3~~~ = this stinks but it’s better than nothing
1~ before the first word character = don’t hyphenate

if the word has an actual live tilde in it, type a backslash before it

Disclaimer: the dictionary settings “interact” with your hyphenation settings so the word still may not break where you expect. sigh.

p. 152
you can export/import added and removed words (but not ignored words) to/from a plain text file

p. 153
recompose all stories when modified = recompose the document whenever you change

p. 154
to make sure everyone in a work group is using the same hyphenation and spelling dictionaries, have them all link to one on the server, or make sure they all add the same one locally. lock dictionary files by making them read only so no one can change them by accident (or malfeasance).

for users to see changes coming from a shared dictionary, they have to restart ID, or press command+opt+/ to Recompose All Text.

p. 155
when you’re in footnote text, choose type > go to footnote reference to jump to the reference

if your footnote reference numbers are too close to the main text, add space in the prefix field of footnote options

p. 156
if you allow split footnotes but want a specific one not to split, use Keep Options to override the split setting. or insert a column break to control where the footnote is split

p. 157
to delete the whole footnote, select its reference number and press delete

to expand or collapse all footnotes in the story editor, choose view > story editor > expand/collapse all footnotes

with your cursor in a footnote, there’s another choice in the contextual menu: insert special character > markers > footnote number

text wrap has no effect on footnote text

p. 158
you can edit [Basic Paragraph] but you can’t change the name or delete it, hence the [ ] s.

p. 159
when you’re defining the character color aspect of a paragraph or character style, you can double click on the fill or stroke box to open the New Color Swatch dialog.

what’s the opposite of a wow? the fact that styles can only have keyboard shortcuts that use cmd/shift/option and the numeric keypad. I know I could use the fn key, but that’s always been just beyond the too much trouble threshold for me.

p. 161
import styles from Word have a little disk icon next to them in the styles panel until you edit them

p. 163
to use the power of apply next style, you select the range of text and right/control click on the first style in the Paragraph styles panel and choose Apply… Then Next Style.

to select a style for editing it without applying that style to selected text, right/control click on it in the panel

freeze-dried layout: apply a style to an empty frame. make it the first in a “next style” chain, the export it as a snippet.

p. 164
why i don’t like “preserve formatting” when you delete a style: if text isn’t styled it should look that way.

in character styles the override sign is displayed only if local formatting conflicts with formatting applied by the style.

hover your cursor over the name of a style with overrides applied to see what they are

to apply a paragraph style and preserve character styles, but remove overrides, option click the style name

p. 165
to apply a paragraph style and remove both character styles and overrides, option+shift click the name of the style.

or right/control click on the style name for up to 4 choices:
apply
apply clear char style
apply clear overrides
apply clear all

you can even select multiple paras with different styles applied and choose from the panel menu, clear overrides

or click the clear overrides button
command click to just remove character overrides
command+shift click to remove just paragraph overrides

careful what you wish for: with convert bullets and numbering to text, if you do this to a parent style, all the child styles that are based on it will also have their bullets and numbers changed to text.

p. 170
if you don’t know the exact character that the nested style ends with, enter all the possibilities ?!., etc

p. 172
you can base an object style on another

an obj style can clear and replace all attributes, or just override the attribs you wish

ignore = doesn’t appear as an override

p. 173
option click an obj style to clear overrides

para styles can only be applied via object styles in unthreaded text frames

if a group is selected when applying an object style, it is applied to every object in the group

p. 174
drag the icon that marks the default object type to set styles for new frames

p. 175
either clear overriddes or clear attributes not defined by style
why you should always right click on a style, cmd+shift+opt+click it or choose from the panel menu: because clicking a style either changes the selected object, or sets the style as a default. chances are you didn’t want either of those things to happen.

p. 177
quick apply tricks
to apply a style, command, or variable, press enter/return
to apply a style and remove overrides press opt+return
to apply a style and remove overrides and character styles press opt+shift+return
to apply an item without closing the quick apply list press shift return
to close the quick apply list without applying and item press esc or click away
to edit a style press command+enter

use the arrow keys to scroll thru the list

p. 178
HUH?
you can copy a style to more than one style group,  so you can have more than one style with the same name. they are independent. so what the heck happens with next style, map tags to styles, etc???
to expand/collapse all the subgroups in a style group, cmd click the triangle

p. 180
vocab test: as of CS3 there are no more inline items, only anchored objects. inline is the default type of anchored object. no sense in calling the fridge an ice box.

p. 181
create placeholder anchored objects by choosing object > anchored object >insert

creating outlines of type automatically makes each character into an inline anchored object.
if you need to make a bunch of them, assign a kbsc to insert anchored object/go to anchor marker

p. 188
moving a frame moves its anchored objects unless they are positioned relative to margins or pages.

p. 189
text wrap vocabulary: the thing that text wraps around is called the “wrap object.”

p. 190
to set default wrap options for new objects deselect everything then specify wrap settings

p. 191
if you have a photoshop donut and want text to appear inside the hole, choose Include Inside Edges

use the pen tool or direct selection tool to edit wrap objects. the type become User Modified Path and is grayed out in the panel.

p. 192
you can make it so master page items have text wrap only when overriden by checking Apply to Master Page Only in the panel pop-up

if you apply text wrap to an anchored object, the wrap only affects text in the story with the anchor and lines that come after the marker. and the paragraph containing the object is set to single-line composer.

inline anchored objects in table cells don’t support text wrap.

p. 193
skip by leading moves wrapped text to the next available leading increment below a text-wrapped object. the purpose is to keep text in columns lined up

betcha never tried this: you can add anchored objects to type on a path

irony? you can’t put type on a path created from the outlines of type (because they are compound paths)

p. 195
type > type on a path options spacing positive numbers tighten up the text on curved segments only

p. 198
“Typography gives visual form to language.” That is a beautiful sentence.

p. 199
by default, the eyedropper copies all type attributes, to customize it, double click it

with no text selected, the eye dropper can copy attributes from another open InDesign document
if there’s a style name conflict, the differences are kept as local overrides

p. 200
to copy paragraph attributes only, hold shift as you click with the eyedropper

to make fonts appear in Adobe apps only, put them in library/application support/adobe/fonts
or on a pc, program files/common files/adobe/fonts

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