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Cross Reference Breaks Paragraph Borders

New Here ,
Nov 21, 2022 Nov 21, 2022

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When I add a cross reference with a page number, it breaks multi-line paragraph borders later on the page, as shown below.

 

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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The paragraph style for the shaded area has "Merge Consecutive Settings..." checked, but this happens. What's odd is it only breaks for borders and not for shading.

If I delete the page number, or use a cross-reference without the page number, it works fine. Using default settings on the cross-reference.

 

After messing around with this, the file also hangs while trying to export a PDF (I wanted to see if it was just a visual glitch and would print all right). I force-quit the program, and the file became corrupted. Thankfully I had just branched this one, so no big damage done.

 

Is this just a case of "don't use Cross-Reference", or is there something I'm doing wrong?

 

Thanks!

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Nov 21, 2022 Nov 21, 2022

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The "merge consecutive styles" feature can get pretty touchy about judging whether or not a following paragraph has truly matching styles. All kinds of little things can break its flow. This one is very odd in that it seems to break a subsequent pairing.

 

That said... I can't think of a fix other that to keep tinkering with the style settings to see if some very minor difference is being triggered by the addition of the cross-ref.

 


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Nov 21, 2022 Nov 21, 2022

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Are you comfortable sharing that one page of your file? You could put it on dropbox and post a link here (public) or message me directly (private).

 

~Barb

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Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

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Hey, sorry for the delay on this. Holidays and all. I've stripped out most of the document, see the file attached.

It might display properly for a moment, but when I hit Enter at the end of "Hello there's another thing" the problem reappears.

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