Vertical lines between text frame columns
Add an option to add vertical lines between text frame columns (with, of course, options to choose line weight, color, etc).
Column Rules has been implemented in InDesign 2020. Please upgrade to this version of InDesign to use this feature.
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Filip Blazek commented
Well, thanks for your efforts, nevertheless I find the implementation very poor. The length of the vertical line is controlled by the length of the text. But as an editorial designer, I need LINE BETWEEN COLUMNS, the length of the text is irrelevant. I also need to align the line to text frame quickly and efficiently. Please upgrade this half baked feature so it would be really useful and not just a tick in a to do list.
And please change the Czech translation of this new feature. It is NOT “Regulations for columns”, Google Translate is not the best tool to adapt UI to other languages.
George Salnik commented
Mark this as "done"
I would love that feature, now i do it manually
When will this Vertical lines between text frame columns feature become available?
now this is cool!
Debra Johnson commented
I agree with making this feature available in the text frame options, under the gutter information.
You could have have tick box options to:
align it to cap height/baseline etc.,
centre on gutter,
align left/right on gutter
Allow us to choose the line style, weight and colour.
Steve Jenks commented
This should definitely be a text frame option, not a paragraph style option – for that we now have paragraph borders.
I would appreciate it if Adobe made an object - level option for putting vertical rules in text box gutters.
This would be a great feature addition. I just completed the survey and hope to hear back on it.
Adrian Yudeson commented
This is functionality should be part of the text frame window -- ctrl B
This is the latest version of my script. It'll work on textFrames with 4,233mm gutter. Look at the placed photo and how the lines behave.
I made de lines using a text frame and a white space character with underlined paragraph style. This textFrame respects the wrap preferences. So, if I use a photo with wrap on, the lines will keep the text height. Am I clear?
I mean exactly what this script I wrote do.
Scott described the feature better than me. The attribute depends on the gutter width, not the paragraph. I think about same options as the simple lines feature. But between columns, within the gutter of a multicolumn textFrame.
Of course I mean a textFrame feature. Multicolumns frames.
Thanks ***** for this info.
Scott Falkner commented
Paragraph borders would be a separate (and welcome) feature. This feature would apply only to paragraphs in multi-column frames and the rule would appear n the gutter only, not outside the frame. The rule position would be determined by the gutter width, no t an attribute of the paragraph.
As I said, the question remains whether this would be a paragraph attribute or a text frame attribute. Perhaps it makes more sense as a text frame attribute.
*****, the request that you are making here seems more like a request for *****************. Since Paragraph Rules already exists, it seems that only the vertical lines for the sides are missing, or am I mis-interpreting you here.
Scott Falkner commented
Interesting question. Would this be a paragraph-level format or an object level format? I think it should be a paragraph level format. This will allow overrides for any test that users don’t want included.
Users should be able to select the position for the top of the line and the bottom. This should include offsets and what the point (start.end) is relative to.
For the top of the line it should be relative to: Top of frame, Text area, Ascent, Cap Height, Leading, x-Height, or Baseline. For text-based positions it would use the highest available point.
For the bottom line it should be relative to: Bottom of frame, Text area, or Baseline. For baseline it would use the lowest available baseline.
The stroke options would be the same as for paragraph rules.
Hi Marc, ****, I too agree that having a workaround as proposed by **** may not be the best experience and would have numerous limitations.
What I was trying to say is that since that feature request is also concerned strokes for a frame, this feature could be an additional option where in case of a text frame the user would have additional options of choosing to display stroke for the lines between the column.
Let me know what you think?