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InDesign hyphenation not working. UNACCEPTABLE!

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I have been working on a major book project for more than a year, hundreds of hours of work are involved. Upon opening my document recently I have discovered my text will no longer correctly hyphenate, regardless of whether hyphenation is correctly applied. No hyphenation happening whatsoever. On or off.

A possible solution has been suggested in threads by people having the same issues: copying the text to another frame, applying the [Basic paragraph] style, copying back the text, then reapplying the correct styles. This means manually reworking projects to get hyphenation working again. 

Hyphenation is a basic function of InDesign. Stable typographic behaviour is a core function of this application. It should be rock solid. IT IS NOT.

Professionals are depending on the stability of this software for their livelyhoods, and paying for it. It would be so nice if ADOBE WOULD GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER. This sloppy performance is utterly unacceptable for professional software.

This is not the first time damage has been caused by bugs and instability, these issues are becoming more and more frequent. I DO NOT WANT WORKAROUNDS. I WANT SOFTWARE I CAN DEPEND ON FOR MY WORK.

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Have you tried saving the problem document as an IDML and reopening, and if that doesn’t work trashing your preferences and caches?

Can you share an example file via Dropbox or your CC account?

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InDesign hyphenation not working. UNACCEPTABLE!

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I have been working on a major book project for more than a year, hundreds of hours of work are involved. Upon opening my document recently I have discovered my text will no longer correctly hyphenate, regardless of whether hyphenation is correctly applied. No hyphenation happening whatsoever. On or off.

A possible solution has been suggested in threads by people having the same issues: copying the text to another frame, applying the [Basic paragraph] style, copying back the text, then reapplying the correct styles. This means manually reworking projects to get hyphenation working again. 

Hyphenation is a basic function of InDesign. Stable typographic behaviour is a core function of this application. It should be rock solid. IT IS NOT.

Professionals are depending on the stability of this software for their livelyhoods, and paying for it. It would be so nice if ADOBE WOULD GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER. This sloppy performance is utterly unacceptable for professional software.

This is not the first time damage has been caused by bugs and instability, these issues are becoming more and more frequent. I DO NOT WANT WORKAROUNDS. I WANT SOFTWARE I CAN DEPEND ON FOR MY WORK.

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Correct answer by rob day | Adobe Community Professional

Have you tried saving the problem document as an IDML and reopening, and if that doesn’t work trashing your preferences and caches?

Can you share an example file via Dropbox or your CC account?

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Presumably you have backup copies of your book file.

 

You should regularly apply a Safe As to your InDesign document and incrementally rename the file (filename1a.indd, filename1b.indd and so on), this will clean up the crud that can build up and cause corruption.

 

By the way, this is a user-to-user support forum, you are not addressing Adobe on here.

 

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Hello Derek, I know, I know you‘re right. Adobe is not reading these. I just had to vent. And your tips are good. I already do  that, the versions. Have done for years, My projects have many tens of versions, down to the X.XX, for a myriad of reasons, the least of which is fundamental instability of core instability of documents. 
Ik will go back to a version that stull has hyphenation, and then try to rework the changes. But still, this is an unacceptable level of instability in critical document integrity. 

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Can you provide some more detail? (Possibly relevant, possibly not.)

 

What version are you opening your files with? Were the files created in an earlier version? Check the Document History if you are not sure. Your InDesign may have been automatically updated (several times, actually, over the course of a year).

 

Does hyphenation work (correct or otherwise 😛 ) in a brand new document?

 

Does changing the applied language of the text to any other language change the current hyphenation points? (It should, even if it's the "wrong" hyphenation. Changing the language back again should re-hyphenate the text.)

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Yes, correct hyphenation is a requirement, not an option. What hyphenation dictionary are you using? (Prefs > Dictionary)

 

~Barb

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Have you tried saving the problem document as an IDML and reopening, and if that doesn’t work trashing your preferences and caches?

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