Continued footnotes rule redraw issue causes reflow
1. InDesign 15.0 (2020). However, this seems be a hold-over bug from previous versions that has been made worse in 2020.
2. In a long document (a book that I am paging) with lots of footnotes, when I go to Type > Document Footnote Options > Layout > Rule Above: Continued Footnotes and toggle the checkmark for "Rule On," footnotes throughout my document seem to redraw and cause reflow. This causes all the pages I have typeset to reflow out of place. This was already a bug work-around from InDesign 2019 (and previous versions) that I had been using to force the continued footnotes rule above to redraw, since it would randomly disappear from places the continued footnote rule was supposed to be drawn or be drawn in the wrong places above footnotes that did not need a rule above to indicate continued footnotes. (I typically would have a 0.5 pt rule drawn with a width of 6p0 drawn above continued footnotes.)
3. Ideally, there would be no footnote reflow at all and all continued footnotes would obey the settings I put in the Document Footnote Options panel, even after reflowing. I shouldn’t have had to use this work-around in the first page (toggling the Rule On checkbox), but the continued footnotes should work and stay in place regardless of a line drawn above or not.
4. Lots of reflow in the footnotes and thus my typeset pages get messed up and whole portions of my typeset document reflow as a result of shifting footnotes.
Hi William, could you share a test file with us? Also, if you can show a small recording of what you’re seeing, it would help us to know the issue better and find a solution.
Adobe InDesign team
Hi Ravi, I've attached a screen capture video of the incident. As you can see in the video, all my footnotes/pages are redrawn even after I toggle off/on the Rule On feature for Continued Footnotes. It takes a good few seconds at the end of the video, but this is what I'm dealing with. I'll see if I can get you a file with this issue, too.
Here's a link to my video:
Here's a link to a second screen capture showing a footnote rule that should not be there and doing the same thing to try to reset it: https://adobe.ly/2qT4m38
I've posted more about this issue/related issue here: https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601180-adobe-indesign-bugs/suggestions/39037030-continued-footnotes-rule-redraw-issue-causes-reflo
This is still broken in ID 2020. And there seems to be a new bug introduced where when you try to toggle it off and then back on to fix the continued footnotes, whole text boxes seem to redraw and reflow. Very bad for long documents!
Matthew Williams commented
I've been having this same problem. Sometimes, I get rules above the footnote block even when it's not split. To fix it, I have to open the Footnote Options dialog box and change the setting for footnote rules and then immediately change it back. It's like the program forgets to re-examine the page and run some of it's routines.
A similar issues (and I only mention it because they seem to be related) is that I will sometimes have words hyphenate across pages (when a footnote falls at the end of the page) even when the setting to allow that is turned off. If I put a hard return in the paragraph and then take it back out, InDesign correctly relows the paragraph to eliminate the hyphenation. These "redraw" problems are a maddening waste of time.
Although "rule on" is checked in continued footnotes, sometime the line appears above the footnotes when there is no need and sometimes it doesn't appear at all.
Please fix it.