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Dependent font sizes

Allow for Character styles to have a font size relative to the underlying Paragraph style by adding and subtracting (or even multiplication and division). A Character style’s font size could be -2 pt or +2 pt for example. If the Paragraph style’s font size is 14 pt, the Character style’s fonts size would result in 12 pt or 16 pt. This is very practical for optical adjustment of different typefaces for example, keeping everything dynamic.

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  • Brian Brunsting commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I like this idea but would expand it to include paragraph styles as well. We have a number of paragraph styles that are relative in size to our main text style. This would certainly reduce the number of character styles we use. We currently have a number of character styles we use for 3 differently sized text sections (text, extract, and notes) when needing to use Greek or Hebrew within English text.

  • Tobias Wantzen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Theo, not exactly, what you want, but you could get a similar effect even today with all versions of InDesign by using proportional scaling (vertical and horizontal) of the text. If your body text is 14pt, you could give the character style (16 ÷ 14 =) 114,3% vertical and horizontal scaling to get 16pt.

  • Wolf Kamm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Another two:
    • pseudo classes like first-child/last-child
    • ignore space before/after between paragraphs with identical format (as in MS Word)

  • Wolf Kamm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Even better: as many CSS3 features as possible, e.g.
    • base unit (pt, em, mm, px, …)
    • line height, space before/after, indents etc. referring to fixed (mm, pt, …) or relative (base unit, em, %) measurements
    • negative values for indents, space before/after, …
    • border and background specs on char, para, page, and spread level
    • …
    You get the idea. :o)

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