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I have created some text variables so that one variable can be changed once and it's addition throughout a document will update automatically. The issue is that it only works if the text variable is the last part of a sentence. If it's used in the middle of a sentence, it removes all kerning and the copy is squished.

Other than creating individual text boxes ( which is not a viable solution ) what else can be done to fix this?

 

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Text variables can't break across lines. InDesign willl squish them if they don't have enough room. See if you can get "my" to go the the next line, or re-write the text that proceeds it to give it more room. 

 

Allowing variables to wrap has been a feature request for a long time. Please vote for it here: https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/31023790-make-text-variables-live-captions-breakable-like-n.

 

~Barb

 

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Text variables removing kerning and squishing text

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I have created some text variables so that one variable can be changed once and it's addition throughout a document will update automatically. The issue is that it only works if the text variable is the last part of a sentence. If it's used in the middle of a sentence, it removes all kerning and the copy is squished.

Other than creating individual text boxes ( which is not a viable solution ) what else can be done to fix this?

 

text variable squishes texttext variable squishes text

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Correct answer by Barb Binder | Adobe Community Professional

Text variables can't break across lines. InDesign willl squish them if they don't have enough room. See if you can get "my" to go the the next line, or re-write the text that proceeds it to give it more room. 

 

Allowing variables to wrap has been a feature request for a long time. Please vote for it here: https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/31023790-make-text-variables-live-captions-breakable-like-n.

 

~Barb

 

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I've never heard of this happening. Can you show examples of the text in different positions? Please have hidden characters and frame edges showing. 

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Text variables can't break across lines. InDesign willl squish them if they don't have enough room. See if you can get "my" to go the the next line, or re-write the text that proceeds it to give it more room. 

 

Allowing variables to wrap has been a feature request for a long time. Please vote for it here: https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/31023790-ma....

 

~Barb

 

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Seeing is believing in the attachment I have attached above in my post.

Here it is again.

You can see the text variable at the end of the sentence not squished.Text variable not squished at end of sentence.Text variable not squished at end of sentence.Yet, the same text variable added in the middle of a sentence, results in squished text.Text variable squishing text in middle of sentence.Text variable squishing text in middle of sentence.

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Hi Barb,

I tried to massage the sentence a bit and it's not possible and given the breadth of the content and pages, having to do this every time is a time sink, thanks Adobe... 

 

I did vote and thank you for sharing that link, it's sickening to see that this has been a requested feature for years now and yet nothing... 


 

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I hear you, and I totally agree. It's always important to vote up a feature request because that's what gets the attention of the Adobe engineers.

 

Thanks for voting—this a feature I'd also like to see added, sooner rather than later. 

 

~Barb

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