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?
Can you post a screenshot?
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"
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.
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.
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…
for example for character "a"
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.
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.
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