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I have a bit of a problem with imported Word files. This issue is new-ish to me, I never had it before a couple of month ago.
Some italicised text in the Word document (italicised with the "I" button) doesn't make it through after being imported into InDesign (import dialogue set to preserve incoming local overrides), the other instances are imported just fine.
I have tried troubleshooting this issue using different ID versions (from CC 2018 to CC 2021), fonts, paragraph language but none of these helped.
I attach a jpg which highlights the spotty behaviour (Word document in foreground, ID document with the newly imported document in the background) and a test Word document.
Do you have any suggestions? Any idea is VERY much appreciated, thanks!
Are you able to share the Word document by any chance? Are you able to determine if there's a difference in formatting within Word between the elements that are and are not working?
Thanks for this!
Please, find a sample word document attached to the first post.
Great question! The text seems to be evenly italicised using the "I" button. So I would said the italics is being applied consistently? Is there something else I should pay attention to?
It comes in just fine for me, using the default settings, meaning that Import options isn't checked in Place dialog box.
Thanks for this, Barb!
Unfortunately, I can see that you also have issues with the with the 'é' and 'été' occurences in the footnote.
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Try to save your word file as rtf and then place it in InDesign
Ah. I see the issue. The accented characters in the footnote are using Palatino Linotype in Word, but mapping to Arial Italic and Regular when placed in InDesign.
You can address this either in Word or in InDesign.
Yes, that is a great solution for random italic losses but now the footnotes are lost when I import the rtf file into InDesign. Why is that happening?
you should check if the best result you get by placing doc, docx or rtf format for your file
..."Why is that happening?"
that's happening because word and indesign are totally different softwares and not compatible with each other at 100%.
sometimes the "place" option can give very good results and sometimes not
Soooo.. I tried a couple of things:
Other than the .rtf route, which works, I tried a couple of other things:
1. I saved the document backwards to an old-school .doc file, and it imported just fine.
2. I modified your Style for the footnotes in the original Word file to a different font (ANY font other than Palatino Linotype), and saved that as a .docx... THAT imported fine.
So, something doesn't like that Palatino Linotype
From my experience, I have to admit that .rtf is the safest solution.