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How to add a blue bar in InDesign?

Enthusiast ,
Mar 19, 2023 Mar 19, 2023

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Hi,

 

Is there any way to add a blue bar as seen in Screenshot 2?

 

Hosun


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Community Expert , Mar 19, 2023 Mar 19, 2023

Check out the options for Paragraph Border in your paragraph style definition dialog.

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Community Expert , Mar 20, 2023 Mar 20, 2023

...and make sure that "Merge Consecutive Borders" is checked at the bottom. This can be a little fussy in that sequential paragraphs — which may be of different styles — must have identical border (or rule, or shading) definitions for that style to merge across them. Very slight variations will cause the borders etc. to separate.

 

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Community Expert , Mar 20, 2023 Mar 20, 2023

I'd have to look at some code, but I am not sure there's any way to fix that other than eliminating spacing between the paragraphs, and possibly using a null paragraph style to implement the spacing. It's a case where the special way ID handles the continuous border is not translated into HTML.

 

ETA: What might work is, at the CSS level, replace top and bottom spacing with padding instead of margin.

 

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Check out the options for Paragraph Border in your paragraph style definition dialog.

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...and make sure that "Merge Consecutive Borders" is checked at the bottom. This can be a little fussy in that sequential paragraphs — which may be of different styles — must have identical border (or rule, or shading) definitions for that style to merge across them. Very slight variations will cause the borders etc. to separate.

 


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[Screenshot 1]

On Id, the blue bar is continuous.

 

[Screenshot 2]

On EPUB, the blue bar is discontinued.

 

To make the blue bar continuous on EPUB, is setting space after to zero the only way?

 

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I'd have to look at some code, but I am not sure there's any way to fix that other than eliminating spacing between the paragraphs, and possibly using a null paragraph style to implement the spacing. It's a case where the special way ID handles the continuous border is not translated into HTML.

 

ETA: What might work is, at the CSS level, replace top and bottom spacing with padding instead of margin.

 


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Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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- offsets to paragraph border

- indent to paragraph

Both didn't work to make space between the blue bar and the paragraph on EPUB.

 

So, I added:

p.dh-text {margin: 0;

                 padding: 0;

                 padding-left: 12px;}

 

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Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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If you want spacing between the list items, much like your first InDesign example, you should be able to add some top and/or bottom padding and still have the left bar joined all along its length. In the XHTML code, ID is passing along margin spacing, which puts space between the element holding that left border. If you change it to padding, there is no space between elements, but space is added within the elements, extending the border.

 


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Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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On Id, only first line indent worked to make space between the blue bar and the paragraph on EPUB.  
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With css, I set margin-left. It didn't work.
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So, I chose padding-left

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