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Footnote text outside of bottom margin

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Feb 25, 2024 Feb 25, 2024

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Will someone please comment on how to fix the issue of footnote text going beyond the bottom margin? I Placed a Word.docx and then tried Word.doc with the same below result. Thank you.

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Community Expert , Feb 25, 2024 Feb 25, 2024

This would have nothing to do with Word or the source. It's purely a format issue within ID, which is more or less following conventional rules.

 

There are several options for aligning text with the nominal linespacing and baselines, but most of them have to do with where the top of characters fall. and having character descenders go below the line is perfectly ordinary/normal. I wouldn't worry about it or spend time trying to correct it, honestly. It's pretty much as it should be for professio

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This would have nothing to do with Word or the source. It's purely a format issue within ID, which is more or less following conventional rules.

 

There are several options for aligning text with the nominal linespacing and baselines, but most of them have to do with where the top of characters fall. and having character descenders go below the line is perfectly ordinary/normal. I wouldn't worry about it or spend time trying to correct it, honestly. It's pretty much as it should be for professional layout.

 

That said, I'm not sure of any simple fix except creating a custom baseline grid that leaves space for descenders, but that would have to be applied on a page by page (frame by frame) basis, which is getting quite messy.

 

You could also apply about 2 points of vertical baseline shift to the Footnote style, which brings the descenders above the margin line, but I'd wonder if that might cause cascading problems with, say, multiple footnotes on succeeding pages and the overall layout.


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Feb 26, 2024 Feb 26, 2024

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Hi James. I guess you can put this down to Newbie paranoia. I thought because the letters extended beyond the bottom text from, they would be cut off when I exported to PDF. But they were not. Thanks for your input. 

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Feb 25, 2024 Feb 25, 2024

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Keep your text frames exactly on the margins of your pages/masters/parents. Then the footnotes are inside the margins. 

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Not the case, at least not here.

 

If leading/baselines are exactly mapped to the text frame height, so that the last baseline lies precisely on the bottom margin of the frame — in other words, if the page is set up with meticulous attention to dimensions and detail — descenders on the last line will always hang over into the nominal margin. This is true whether it's body text or footnotes, and is exactly what the OP's illustration shows. Look at any precisely laid out ID doc for an example.

 

The only solution is something of a hack: adjust the bottom margin and baseline so that a few points of space remain at the bottom of the frame, and descenders are thus within the nominal margin. But there would have to be some exceptional reason to do this, as it's perfectly normal for type to show that tiny overhang.


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