Bug details

Paragraph Return is changed into Paragraph Separator (U+2029)

Version: Indesign CC 2018 and Incopy CC 2018

The bug as described on https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2344905 still exists in the latest version.

During the exporting INDD into IDML, the error below occurs.
Certain Paragraph Return (\r) is changed into 'PARAGRAPH SEPARATOR'(U+2029) and the first sentence’s paragraph style is changed into the paragraph style of the second sentence which makes two sentences into one.
Every time this bug occurs, we have to open the INDD file and change “U+2029” into another character such as “space” and export it again.
Finally we found out that this error occurs when 8000th character is “Paragraph Return (\r)”.
When 8000th character is “\r”, it is changed into “U+2029” automatically during exporting it to IDML. (it seems that it occurs every 8000th character: 8000th, 16000th …)

This also occurs when working in Incopy CC 2018 and is a real pain when creating books.

The expected result is a end of paragraph that's not being transformed in a character.

Examples and files can be downloaded from https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2344905

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The fix for this issue is now available in the latest update 14.0.2 of InDesign 2019.
If you are unable to see the update notification yet, open the menu (three dots) from the top-right of Creative Cloud desktop application and click on ‘Check For App Updates’.
Once the update button is shown against InDesign, click on the button to update to Id 14.0.2.

If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.


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  • Uwe Laubender commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I tested the fix for this bug and found no error with build

    Uwe Laubender
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  • Ayalda commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I definitely would like to see this fixed in the next release or even a patch if possible.

    This happens with both IDML and ICML export. Potentially a scripting event can be a workaround so that before export, the 8000th character is checked and if it is a paragraph return a blank space is added before it.


  • Del S commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a big problem for high volume book publishers, where the chances of encountering this are high. I've seen files where the paragraph return is replaced with U+2029 multiple times within the book.

    Conversion to IDML has been used as a troubleshooting method with the understanding that it can help clear problems, not cause them.

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