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Running Headers to pull from previous page

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Apr 14, 2023 Apr 14, 2023

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Firstly, I am a beginner and have never done any scripting! Is there a way that I can custom script a text variable for a paragraph/character style to pull from previous page? Or has this already been done? We are currently only given first on page and last on page and I need more options.

Example: I am working on a book with chapters and verses, and would like each page header to show the following:

first chapter number:first verse number-last chapter number:last verse number.

Currently if the page starts with a verse it will pull the first verse available but then pull the chapter number from further down the page and will be incorrect. Frequently the chapters cross a page and the page will start with a verse. Therefore if the page starts with a verse the variable needs to pull the previous chapter number. 

 

Added to that - is it possible to have it do an if/then... if the chapter header is at the top of the page it uses that, but if a verse is at the top of the page it pulls the chapter number from previous page. 

 

Please keep in mind that this is all very new to me! Thank you.

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Put a textvariable in a text frame on top of the master/parent page in a layer on top of all other layers. InDesign will take the last entry, even if it is on a previous page, until another comes. Use Paragraph Styles for every text.

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No need to script that. That is basic functionality of InDesign.

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I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I am including a page from my book. As you can see, on the first page the header should say Matthew 2:13-3:9, but it says 3:13-3:9. On the second page there is the same problem. 

 

My master page looks like this: Matthew<1st Ch Number>:<1st Verse Number>-<Last Ch Number>:<Last verse number>

 

Here is a screen shot of my variable set-up.

Lindsay22674412sou9_0-1681512871501.png

 

Can you see what I am doing wrong? Thank you!

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