Based on Style does inherit many of the properties from the Base style. And when you change those properties in the Base style, those properties get propagated to the child style.
Adobe InDesign teamTim Murray commented
It is close, but not quite. A new based-on (the child) will get the parent's characteristics if one clicks "Reset to Base" when it's created (although one could argue it should not be necessary), but then, at least some options changed in the parent are not propagated to the child. I just changed a "text frame footnote" to "allow overrides" and the setting was not propagated to the child.
Actually, my title is wrong. The based-on part is okay of you click the reset. I should have titled it about propagation. I can delete it and make a new one, if you want.
We have fixed this issue with 13.1 March release of InDesign. Please update to the latest version and try out the fix.
-AmanTim Murray commented
On Thursday June 7 I posted this:
Using InDesign 13.1, macOS 10.13.4. My files began life as new document in 13.1, but I had been using InDesign for some years.
The trashing of prefs and cache-- on starting InDesign or manually in Finder -- did the trick for new files, but the missing glyph problem remained in old. But I found I could start a new document, then copy the entire old content and paste in the new, and for now I don't have the problem.
And not that it matters, but when I tried to make a new note, the little Notes dialog came up for a split second with a missing-glyph X as the first character, then the typing area turned white and I could not type into it at all. I could create a new note only loading the clipboard and pasting into a new note the instant after it popped up.
I worked for many hours on 17 documents and all were fine all day Thursday -- but today, Friday the 8th, the problem is back in full force, only with a new twist.
I got into a document and went to add a new note, and as earlier, I could not even type into the dialog. I saved the document to send to Adobe and to make for a small file, removed all of it, typed the word "text", and when I went to add a new note, it worked. I still had the missing glyph character at the left side, but I could type okay. So in summary, Notes fail in the full-size document, but work when the file is stripped down.
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