Space BEFORE CHAR

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Mar 08, 2021 Mar 08, 2021

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Hi Friends!

I am trying to create a CHAR style based on a formatted character in my doc. But I want wherever this style is applied to add a larger space *before* the char getting that style. I tried playing with the kerning metric but this adjusts the space *after* the char. Am I missing something?

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Susan

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Most Valuable Participant , Mar 08, 2021 Mar 08, 2021
@Susan Flamingo you should assign the character format with the spacing "the character in front of the desired character". That's all.

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Most Valuable Participant , Mar 08, 2021 Mar 08, 2021
for example for character "a" "without" paragraph style     with paragraph style     

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 08, 2021 Mar 08, 2021

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Can you post a screenshot?

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this is a regular char: A

This is the formatted style:     A  (bigger space before char "A")

 

I know how to do this manually but I want it as a style for the char  "A"

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Do you actuall mean the letter A, or is it an exemple? That can be done with a GREP style, but we need to know exactly the conditions to give you an accurate answer.

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No, not necessarily the letter A. I just want that ANY Chr that I format with this style will have a larger space before it.

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@Susan Flamingo you should assign the character format with the spacing "the character in front of the desired character". That's all.

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I do not see how it can be automatized unless if you know what character will precede the space, then it would be easy to assign a style to the space. But I am curious to know why you need to get a larger space…

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for example for character "a"

  • "without" paragraph style

space_before_char_01.png

 

 

  • with paragraph style 

space_before_char_02.png

 

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Mar 08, 2021 Mar 08, 2021

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Outside of doing a GREP search-and-replace after the fact to find all instances of your applied Character style and add either an extra space before it (or, better, change to a larger space (like an EM or EN space), I don't see any easier way for you.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Hi Susan,

as far as I know in the old InDesign CS3 version 5 one could save a kerning value with a character style.

That feature was abandoned with CS4 or CS5 I think. However I have some InDesign snippet files (*.idms) from that time that come with that feature. So if you can tell what kerning value you need I could offer a snippet that when imported will add the appropriate character style to your document.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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