I have continual problems with Tables, Table Styles, and Cell Styles. Somehow, stray character styles creep into my tables, which I can't seem to get rid of. I'd like to take an existing table and force-apply a table style and clear all overrides, but this doesn't seem possible. Somehow, the current text settings start creeping in, and it drives me batty. I feel like there's some invisible markup that the GUI controls aren't letting me delete.

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Is this a job for XML Import?

(I'm not an InDesign user; I'm a Web developer/programmer.)

My client has a 2500-member online membership directory (XHTML) which I created from its membership database. Once a year, she needs to generate and distribute hardcopies. Last year - wait for it - she copied and pasted into MS Word and spent hours formatting it.

Shouldn't I be able to export the data in an XML format that InDesign can import and format properly?


I am a freelance typesetter and proofreader in the publishing industry. I only occasionally used Indesign to format random pages. It's been not so often that my version of Id is CS3!!! (still working great by the way)

Recently I got a new book with tables inside chapters. Each table includes footnotes whose numbering must be kept afloat with the rest of the text.

Id has the nasty habit of flushing all the table footnotes at the end of the chapters and restart them at 1.

How do I avoid that?

Format the text using tabs and inserting manually lines to create the illusions of a table? or is there a more professional way of doing this?

Thanks for your help

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How can I easily change a whole page of text from black to cyan? In Photoshop, I'd lay down a cyan layer with a blending mode set to 'Lighter Color' or some such thing, but in InDesign this is turning my black text to white (instead of cyan). It only has the desired effect on graphics, not text.

The reason I'm asking is that I want to print the page in cyan only, add hand-drawn annotations, then scan it in. Photoshop will let me knock out the cyan text to get a clean image of the annotations only. I've done this plenty of times with Photoshop illustrations (e.g. incrementally adding to a complex drawing), but now I want to do it for an InDesign layout. Much obliged for any advice.

(I'd rather not go down the path of fiddling with all the text styles to make all the text blue if I don't have to.)

Is there some way to view all of my styles (table, cell header, cell body, paragraph, character) and their interrelationships? I can look at each one in turn and.. write down what I find, but that's like looking through a microscope. I'd love to get a holistic view to see if it all makes sense.

Also, it would be really handy to be able to inspect a bit of text and have InDesign explain why it looks the way it does. What styles (of any sort) are affecting it? Browser developer tools have this sort of thing for HTML; they show you which bit of CSS is contributing which bit of style information, and how they override one another. Anything like that kicking around?

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A Find/Change option for Quotation Marks: Search for "Double Left Quotation Marks." You can find the option by pressing the @ symbol to the right of the "Find what:" field.

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Replace the "Double Left Quotation Mark" with
Double Left Quotation Mark Nonbreaking Space" or Nonbreaking Space (Fixed width) -- depending on your need.

Hello everyone,
I am French, I hope you understand me because my English is basic.

I'm currently working on the layout of a book.
There are many "«Beginning of the sentence."
Except that French must be a space between "«" and the first letter of the next word. ("« Beginning of the sentence.")

Do you know how I can use the GERP or "replacement" to correct this?

thank you
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