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How to set columns span for text comparison over two or more pages?

New Here ,
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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Hi.

I'm tring to to compare two long poetry textes over two pages using columns span but it not works.

Schermata 2022-11-18 alle 08.18.31.png

I need that the first poem (blu) stay on the left column, and the second poem (red) on the right column, on each of the two pages. I could use more text frame but it's not a flexible solution.

Schermata 2022-11-18 alle 08.18.41.png

Any idea? Thank you.

 

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Nov 22, 2022 Nov 22, 2022

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Very hard to know what's going on there.

Can you give more details of what you're trying to achieve? 

 

 

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Nov 22, 2022 Nov 22, 2022

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It's very hard to explain too 😄 I'm trying to obtain the layout that you can see in the second screenshot within only one text frame per page using the paragraph styles, but it seems not to exist a column setting that allows the text in the left column to pass in the next page staying in the left column. 🤔

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Nov 22, 2022 Nov 22, 2022

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Hi @mirkovise:

 

This is a case of really needing the extra text frames, so that the text can flow: blue text flowing from page 1-2 and the same with the magenta. They can't flow side by side with column spans. And a table might look like a possiblity, but cells can't break across pages so that's out, too. 

 

~Barb

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Nov 22, 2022 Nov 22, 2022

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Hi @Barb Binder.  

Unfortunately extra text frames are not a flexible solution. But as I may understand it is the only solution. Thank you anyway. 

Mirko

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