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create register (anchored) objects

Engaged ,
Jun 02, 2021 Jun 02, 2021

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Hello.

My isssue:

I have a register as a plain text like:

A

Item ....... page x

Item ........ page x

B

Item. ........ page x

Item ..........page x

 

... and so on. Now I want to put the capital letters in an array, create small text frames with each letter as content, apply an object style, and place these text frames as anchored objects in the same place that that letter was. The last thing to do is to delete the source character.

 

 

    function regFormat(){
        app.findGrepPreferences = null;        
        app.findGrepPreferences.properties = {findWhat: "^\\u~b",}     

        texts = myDoc.findGrep();
        n = texts.length; 
        app.changeGrepPreferences.changeTo = "";      
        myText.changeGrep();   
        app.findGrepPreferences = app.changeGrepPreferences = null;   
        app.findGrepPreferences = NothingEnum.nothing; 
        app.changeGrepPreferences = NothingEnum.nothing; 

        for (var i=0; i<n; i++) {
            
            var y = texts[i].contents.toString();
            buchstabenMitKomma.push(y);
            }
        
        regBuchstaben = buchstabenMitKomma.toString().replace( /[\r\n,]+/gm, "" );

        for (var e=0; e<regBuchstaben.length; e++) {

            var x = myFrame.insertionPoints.lastItem().textFrames.add({geometricBounds: [0, 0, 5, 5]});

            x.contents = regBuchstaben[e];
            x.appliedObjectStyle = osRegister ; 

            }

     }     

 

 

Nearly everything is fine, except the insrting place of each rectangle. There are all one behind the other at the end of the document. How can I controll the insertion point? Can I save something like the position of those capital letters??

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 19, 2021 Jun 19, 2021
That's true, it shouldn't. To get those shades the same size you can split the section-head paragraph into two columns, and use the inside gutter to set the width of the shade:

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 20, 2021 Jun 20, 2021
There's no need to script it: you set up the column-splitting in the paragraph style used for the section letters. > But could you please take a look at the script I posted. I think there is not to much more to do. Only the insertion points are missing. You shouldn't script this particular feature, but for future reference: the boxes appear at the end of the index because you place them there, at insertionPoints.lastItem() You complicate things unnecessarily. Here's a reworked version that...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

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Hi cmoke73,

please provide a sample document and another one with one expected result.

That should be doable a bit easier.

What's your InDesign version?

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Engaged ,
Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

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I'm sorry for being late.

There are two screenshots, before and after. I think it has to be an anchored object as the "character boxes" are the same size.

 

source Text.pngresult.png

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Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

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You don't have to put the section letters in anchored boxes: you can use paragraph shading. Much simpler.

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Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

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I would opt for paragraph shading here too, although if you update the TOC/index often I imagine you will have to replace each of the main letters each time. Maybe something to add at the end once the hordes of amends have been tackled.

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Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

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Not at all: the paragraph style for the section letters is set in the Index Generations window. Every time the index is generated the style is applied automatically.

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Engaged ,
Jun 19, 2021 Jun 19, 2021

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However, if you use paragraph shading, anchored as a paragraph style, e.g. with an "I" and a "W", the width is different. That should not happen.

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Jun 19, 2021 Jun 19, 2021

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That's true, it shouldn't. To get those shades the same size you can split the section-head paragraph into two columns, and use the inside gutter to set the width of the shade:

 

PeterKahrel_0-1624098452377.png

 

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Engaged ,
Jun 20, 2021 Jun 20, 2021

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Okay, thank you Peter. It's a different way to get the result I need. I will think about how to script it.

But could you please take a look at the script I posted. I think there is not to much more to do. Only the insertion points are missing.

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Jun 20, 2021 Jun 20, 2021

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There's no need to script it: you set up the column-splitting in the paragraph style used for the section letters.

 

But could you please take a look at the script I posted. I think there is not to much more to do. Only the insertion points are missing.

 

You shouldn't script this particular feature, but for future reference: the boxes appear at the end of the index because you place them there, at insertionPoints.lastItem()

 

You complicate things unnecessarily. Here's a reworked version that places the section letters in anchored frames and deletes the original letters:

function regFormat(){
  app.findGrepPreferences = null;
  // Use $ as the end delimiter so you needn't worry about the return
  app.findGrepPreferences.findWhat = "^\\u$";
  var texts = myDoc.findGrep();
  for (var i = texts.length-1; i >= 0; i--) {
    // Insert a frame before the letter
    texts[i].insertionPoints[0].textFrames.add ({
      geometricBounds: [0, 0, 5, 5],
      contents: texts[i].contents,
      appliedObjectStyle: osRegister,
    });
    texts[i].contents = '';  // Then delete the letter
  }
}

 

I probably didn't understand where the commas come into play, but that's a non-issue because you don't need the script. This script I posted is simply to illustrate how you could achieve what you want if you had to script it.

 

P.

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Engaged ,
Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

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(Refering to my post below) ... on the other hand, if you try the other solution (split column) the minimum width you can achieve is to wide for my needs. Can´t set an internal offset. If you try, it'll blow the whole line. You also can´t cut to content, because there are three columns and it works only at the margin of the text frame.

 

text frame width: 175
columns: 3
column-space: 5 mm ==> column width: 55 mm
red register letter: 5 x 5 mm

 

Bildschirmfoto 2021-06-30 um 13.41.41.png

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did I miss a hint?

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Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

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I can set the columns as narrow as the 'I' by increasing the inside gutter or the number of sub-columns (or both).

Not sure what you mean by 'internal offset'. You simply centre the section letter's paragraph.

PeterKahrel_0-1625055517486.png

 

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Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

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Dazu brauchst Du in InDesign gar keinen eigenen Textrahmen. Du kannst für die Überschriftbuchstaben einfach ein Absatzformat kreieren. 

  1. Neues Absatzformat, unter automatische Nummerierung keine, aber ein Absatzzeichen ^t und einen zentrierten Tabulator setzen, damit alle Buchstaben dann zentriert mittig sind.
  2. Mittels Absatzschattierung die rote Fläche dahinter schaffen.
  3. Anwenden

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Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

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Peter Kahrel said:

"To get those shades the same size you can split the section-head paragraph into two columns, and use the inside gutter to set the width of the shade:"

 

FWIW: The same width could also be done with a paragraph border where only the left value of the border is set.

No split column paragraph necessary. The width and position of the left border is the width and position of the "shading".

 

On the other hand, Peter is spot on here to use paragraph shading plus a split column paragraph with a large value for the inside gutter. That allows for a center aligned character in the underlying shading with the same width. However, this construction is directly tied to the width of the text frame or individual column of the text frame. The width of the shading will change if the width of the text frame will change ( or the width of the individual column in the text frame ).

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

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That's right, Uwe. With a paragraph border you don't need to split the column, but you won't be able to centre the letter (forgot to mention that earlier).

 

However, this construction is directly tied to the width of the text frame or individual column of the text frame. 

 

Well, everything you set in paragraph styles is tied to a particular document set-up. This one with a split column is no exception.

 

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Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

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Hi Uwe.

The beginning is pretty promising 🙂

But...:

Bildschirmfoto 2021-06-30 um 13.21.30.png

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... as U can see, only at the left there is same distance. It might causes a problem with letters of different width.

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Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

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Set the paragraph style to centre.

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Jul 01, 2021 Jul 01, 2021

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Okay, I think I´ve got it now. It was a wrong combination of settings in the paragraph style.

Here the most important features:

 

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Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

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Hi cmoke73,

post a sample InDesign document.

I'll look into it and will immediately see what's wrong.

 

Peter's suggestion is working very well!

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Jul 01, 2021 Jul 01, 2021

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Thank all of you. Sometimes the best way is a more simple way. I was lost in the thought, scripting is the solution for most of the problems

 🙂

 

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