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    Allen commented  · 

    Please get real. This was a problem the first day text variables were added to InDesign.

    What is Adobe thinking? We need this -- it's just CORRECT implementation of the supposed feature of text variables, captions, etc. Without correct behavior, the feature isn't a feature at all!

    Does InDesign have a text variable feature? Yes ... well, actually NO. They expand the variable at the wrong stage in the construction of a paragraph, so it's effectively useless unless the inserted text is the same size as the variable name. But that's ridiculous! Yes, it is. Then how do you use this feature? Well, basically, you don't. or, like the OP, you expand (i.e., destroy) all the variables every time you output your document. Then, I guess, all you can do is UNDO all the expansions, and remember to expand them again if you print the document again.

    Is this ridiculous? Yes. Is Adobe going to fix this bug? It's not a bug, it's a half-implemented feature. Well, are they doing anything about it? No. They said they would, but that was 3.5 years ago. It's zero priority. They'd rather we buy images from them.

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    Allen commented  · 

    Frustrating, isn't it?

    One wonders how a feature like this, which essentially BREAKS the whole text variable mechanism for innumerable scenarios, remains unaddressed for so long. Is it because the marketing dept. doesn't think new users will be motivated by such a specialized improvement? If so, perhaps the marketing people don't realize how powerfully NEGATIVE this kind of neglect can be when potential buyers talk to experienced users.

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    Allen commented  · 

    Yes! This is a serious omission. One should not have to consume a different feature as a workaround. Without the Keep In Frame option, paragraph borders and shading are incomplete. This should be considered a bug, since NO designer would ever want paragraph decorations to spill outside the text frame unless in some very specialized and atypical scenario.

    Please fix this ASAP. I'm delighted to be able to use paragraph borders, but this amazing omission prevents most types of borders from being used in HEADINGS, where they are especially desirable in my workflow.

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    9 comments  ·  Adobe InDesign: Feature Requests » Styles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Allen commented  · 

    Why not provide support for this? It is a very standard type of heading, and the only way to do it in InDesign is to fake it by pasting the heading text into the following paragraph. And this means you can't change the heading style. It completely defeats the purpose of stylesheets!

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    This would be tremendously helpful. I go through book after book, checking first paragraphs that follow headings. Tremendous waste of time!

    Please add this feature. And while you're at it, provide style support for run-in headings.

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    Allen commented  · 

    This is an obviously useful improvement. The notion that hanging bullets is "incorrect formatting" is unrealistic, since designers are expected to design with much greater freedom than that.

    One of the tremendous advantages of semi-automatic format management like InDesign provides is that projects can be changed without requiring hours of manual rework and adjustment. Hanging indents should be easier, and hanging bullets is a comparable design strategy.

    Support for run-in heads would also be tremendously valuable, since there is no way to create them other than by embedding them into the paragraph -- which means they aren't stylesheet headings, and have to be deleted and recreated as separate paragraphs if the design changes.

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