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  1. Table of Contents

    Can we have another ToC option: Layout > Update All Table of Contents where there is more than one in a document.

    Where there is more than one ToC they have to be updated individually every time. (I have one document with four ToC's)

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  2. Data Merge preview longest record

    Data merge preview should have an option to "View longest data", which would display the longest record for each data field. This way we can make sure there is no overset text which currently notifies after creating a merged PDF.

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  3. left to right (LTR) text option in indesign 17.2.1.

    I don't find the left to right (LTR) text option in indesign 17.2.1. Do you know why? I work with multilanguages and I must have the option to change the direction of the texts (arab-english). In previous versions I had that option but now I don't. Do you know how to do now, please?

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  4. Always fill the type area

    Please give us an option to always fill the type area. When setting up books like novels many customers want the type area to be filled up to the last line. But setting up the text wrap to avoid widows and orphans often leads to blank lines at the bottom of the type area. Normally we try to get around this by increasing or decreasing text spacing or scaling a bit to save or generate an additional line. It would be wonderful to have an option that brings InDesign to always try to fill the type area.

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  5. Wish for a character format option to suppress the hyphen

    I often have to set URLs in literature references. The hyphen must not be displayed, because this would corrupt the link - as it could happen e.g. with codelistings.
    The actual hyphenation should not change, only the hyphen should be suppressed.

    This option could consequently also be offered for paragraph formats; as well as for manual formatting, comparable to »No Break«.
    All in all, the procedure with this new option would be much faster than working with the »Discretionary Line Break« at every corresponding separation point.

    Please consider this option of suppressing the hyphen.
    Many thanks

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  6. Paragraph shading (and borders) should be able to clip/inset based on the text box

    Paragraph shading extends outside of the text box. This is especially annoying when shaded text spans over multiple pages (see screenshot: AutoShading.png). It would be great if it could automatically clip and inset based on the text box—see screenshot: HowItShouldLook.png. The current solutions I can think of are really messy and easily negated.

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  7. Would like to be able to apply formatting to text variables

    You should be able to somehow apply formatting to text variables. (See screenshot: TextVariable.png). The running header on the right hand page is based on the "chapter title" on the left hand page, but the italics can't be applied. It would be nice if you could apply a GREP style, or even a nested style, to the paragraph style that is applied to running header.

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  8. Better text variables

    Text variables are so... basic at the moment.

    Can it get some love like GREPs search has? Unbelievable that you can't pull the first page or section titles... but how about some simple math operations in there too and combine them with GREP operations? Would be hugely useful to have some dynamic tools like this added to make on page information update in response to layout changes.

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  9. Better text variables

    Text variables are so... basic at the moment.

    Can it get some love like GREPs search has? Unbelievable that you can't pull the first page or section titles... but how about some simple math operations in there too and combine them with GREP operations? Would be hugely useful to have some dynamic tools like this added to make on page information update in response to layout changes.

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  10. Typesetter Mode: Disable Typing Toggle

    I work for a book publisher and typeset hundreds of books a year. It would be nice to have a toggle that would disable the ability to add or remove characters from a text frame. Retain the ability to adjust leading, tracking, and other formatting, but prevent accidentally adding characters to the author's text. I currently map "W" to "esc" using keyboard shortcuts, but it would be a kind of nice feature to have built in.

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  11. Make spellcheck change colour when complete

    When checking a story of several thousand words it's easy to miss the phrase 'Spellcheck complete' at the top of the box when you're busy looking at the page itself. Up to a couple of generations ago the box would change colour when complete which you could see out of the corner of your eye. Very handy – please bring it back.

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  12. Indesign creates an incorrect href for Acrhive.org links

    When InDesign creates the href for a link from Archive.org it does not href to archive.org, but to the dead link.

    example: the typed link is
    "https://web.archive.org/web/20220320173121/https://freewheelingeasy.com/
    creates an href for "https://freewheelingeasy.com/"
    rather than the correct href of "https://web.archive.org/web/20220320173121/https://freewheelingeasy.com/"

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  13. Paragraph Case in Paragraph Style

    It would be nice to introduce case letters into the paragraph style.
    UPPERCASE, lowercase, Title Case, Sentence Case.

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  14. Allow Nonprinting to have a keyboard shortcut

    Nonprinting should be able to be assigned a keyboard shortcut. It is often used with text variables--if you are manually entering a separate "first on page" header, you don't want that printing, and a shortcut to make it nonprinting would be a time saver.

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  15. Provide a linking feature to duplicate text from one frame into others

    It would be highly valuable to be able to define a parent text frame and then link that frame to other frames in a layout that duplicates the text in that frame.

    This would be similar to the way that text links in alternate layouts work, but the styles to the linked (child?) frames are allowed to be independent of the parent.

    Trying to use text variables for this kind of duplication runs into the multi-line issue. Copying linked frames from alternate layouts will result in the parent style of the linked text to overrun any changes made to the…

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  16. Share 'Story' for Review (with word limit option)

    Similar to sharing the whole document for review, it would be very helpful to be able to share individual stories with their respective authors/managers for review and comment (without them having to have a copy of InCopy or some such).

    It could show up similarly to the Copy Editorand allow the proof originator (me, in this case) to limit the word count of the document (so that amendments don't come back overfilling the permitted space).

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  17. Allow GREP functions embedded in Paragraph Styles to 'soft' replace text

    GREP functions in paragraph styles are powerful and let you find and style text automatically - but they don't let you stylistically 'replace' it. It would be very helpful for example to replace 'and' in Title Style to '&' or to add custom dingbats and company logos in place of 'company name'.

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  18. Option to ignore the non breaking space and thin space of the font

    Many fonts created by English-speaking designers are poorly adapted to French typesetting in terms of the width of the non-breaking space and/or the thin space. It should be possible to ignore these spaces and use InDesign's default spaces.

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  19. Finding Clipboard Contents Formatted and Unformatted

    Indesign has the feature of replacing any text with clipboard contents formated and unformatted ^C and ^c. This is very useful but this same feature is not present under find > other

    This is needed because for eg. we can find a wrongly rendered conjunct in the text and replace it throughout the file by copying the glyph. Later when we need to export the text to word or html, we have to replace the glyph with the wrongly rendered character. This is where InDesign does not presently have the option.

    I am sure it will be simple for the…

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  20. Footnotes: ability to cite multiple references to a footnote, with appropriate tagging for accessibility

    Each new instance of a footnote added in InDesign gets a sequential number – but authors and copywriters expect to be able to insert multiple references to the same numbered footnote. For example, a bank might want to put a single asterisk against multiple references to ‘interest rate’, with one corresponding footnote at the end to explain what 'APR', or 'EAR' means. So I’d like a new feature to be added that would, at the point of inserting a footnote, give the option to cite an existing one that’s already in the document. In an exported accessible PDF, there would be…

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