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Managing Multiple Sets of Endnotes In a Document AND allowing Endnotes to refer to a separate INDD Document

Issue #1:
Here's my first dilemma: I am building a book with several hundred pages. This book will be printed (won't be an eBook/iBook). I'm keeping each chapter as its own document that I will then collect together as a larger Book at the end. The last chapter will be just for all the book's endnotes. In previous versions of InDesign, I would import the Word document, delete the endnotes out of the "Chapter x" document, and pop them back into the "Endnotes chapter" without affecting the superscripts referencing the endnotes throughout the text. Easy. Now, in cc 2018 if I delete the endnotes out of the "Chapter X" document, the reference superscripts throughout the text get deleted as well. I don't want this. Is there any way to disconnect the superscripts in the text from the endnotes? If I must, I can leave the endnotes in a text frame off the page if InDesign MUST have a reference. Which leads me to my next problem:

Issue #2:
Each chapter I'm working on has multiple sets of endnotes, i.e. multiple side bars with their own set of endnotes that need to be kept exclusive from the general chapter endnotes. In the previous version, before Indesign could recognize endnotes, it would allow me to have multiple sets of endnotes that don't interact. Now, it's one big run-on list of end notes. Example: I have 10 paragraphs of chapter text, with endnotes #1-5 in it. Then, I have a sidebar that gets inserted after that. At the end of the first sentence in the sidebar, there is an #1 endnote that refers to the sidebar endnotes. However, Indesign converts it to #6, because it's the endnote that falls after #5 in the general chapter.

Is there a way to fix this so I can restart the numbers for each sidebar? Can this be done with style sheets?

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  • Jannette Whippy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I can't believe that this has not been resolved yet. What publishing software wouldn't have this ability?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I know this post is rather old now, but I agree with much of what you have said. However from what I can make out, one of your issues can be fixed in the current 2018 version. In the Type menu there is a Document Endnotes Options section. In the following dialogue box there is a dropdown button that allows you to change numbering from continuous to per story.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    PLEASE add these features to the footnote and endnote functionality of InDesign:
    - Continuous numbering of footnotes and endnotes throughout the various indd files within a book document
    - Ability to put the endnotes of the different indd files within a book document in a separate .indd file at the end of the book; numbering continuous OR per chapter.

  • Courtney Lorenne commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Endnotes for books so that all references can be included en masse in a separate chapter at the end.. This would be EXTREMELY helpful. Thanks!

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