Running H/F 10 is blank

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Dec 12, 2018 Dec 12, 2018

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Hello.

I recently inherited a library of FM books and I am using FM 2017; it is the first time I am using FM on a regular, in-depth basis.

In one of the books, Table of Contents does not appear in the header on the table of contents pages, even though the Running H/F 10 variable appears in the header for the master pages used on these pages. When I manually define the Running H/F 10 variable as Table of Contents, that text appears fine in the header.

Before I changed it, the Running H/F 10 variable definition was:

<Default ¶ Font><$paratext[TOC_Title,AppendixHeadingRepeat,AppendixHeading 1,Heading 1]>

Which I believe is consistent with the other books.

As the Running H/F 10 variable is not used anywhere else, manually defining the variable with static text is an acceptable workaround with no negative consequences, as far as I can tell. Nonetheless, I am curious as to why this is happening and how to resolve it.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 16, 2018 Dec 16, 2018
That is what I was asking. That Running H/F string was looking for a Title_TOC tag (tag and styles are synonyms) to pull into the footer. Until you had a Title_TOC tag in the file—or one of the other tags listed—it was going to remain blank. I can see why the white color would have thrown you off.Glad you are back on track.~Barb

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 13, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

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Hi Jay:

What is the paragraph tag name for the Table of Contents title on page one of that file?

The footer is looking for TOC_Title and it must match exactly. Any variation on the spelling/spaciing/capitalization and it won't find a match.

~Barb

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Explorer ,
Dec 16, 2018 Dec 16, 2018

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Thank you for your answer, Barb.

I don't think I understand what you are asking.

In any case, what you wrote did spur me to continue poking around, and I believe I have resolved the issue.

I discovered:

  • TOC_Title is a paragraph style. I had not realized this. I had thought it might be a variable, but it did not appear in the list of variables.
  • In the table of contents of the other books, the TOC_Title paragraph style has been applied to a string of text (Table of Contents) that exists on the first table of contents body page, but whose color is white (which kind of shocked me).

So, I believe that making sure that the Table of Contents string is on the first table of contents of body page and that the TOC_Title paragraph style is applied to that string, resolves the issue.

Thanks, again.

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That is what I was asking. That Running H/F string was looking for a Title_TOC tag (tag and styles are synonyms) to pull into the footer. Until you had a Title_TOC tag in the file—or one of the other tags listed—it was going to remain blank. I can see why the white color would have thrown you off.

Glad you are back on track.

~Barb

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Thanks again, Barb. I appreciate it.

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We are always happy to help.

~Barb

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