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InDesign Styles in Depth covers the ins and outs of styles, a time-saving set of features that allows designers to maximize efficiency in InDesign. This course covers text styles, table and cell styles, object styles, and every feature in InDesign that is improved by the use of styles. Author Michael Murphy explores the use of character versus paragraph styles as well as advanced text formatting with nested styles, multi-level lists, table manipulation, cross-references, and creating a table of contents. The course also covers how to map styles upon import and export, whether taking documents to the Web with HTML and CSS, publishing them as EPUBs, or distributing them as PDFs.
In most situations, you may not need more than one Nested Style built into a paragraph. But the Nested Styles feature can accommodate multiple Nested Style instructions to automate much more complex formatting tasks. In this example, we've got a slightly more complicated version of our course listings from the previous movie. These incorporate a course number at the beginning followed by an En space, then the Course Name and then some Prerequisites in parentheses, and then it moves on to the description of the course itself.
And they all follow that same pattern. These paragraphs and their formatting needs are ideal for Nested Styles. I am going to open up the Paragraph Styles panel and right-click on the highlighted Course Name and choose Edit "Course Description Complex". I will go to Drop Caps and Nested Styles, and I will click New Nested Style to create my first Nested Style instruction. From the Character Style menu here, I'll choose my Course Number Character Style and I want to apply that through 1 En Space.
And you can see that formatting change reflected on the page. I'll click New Nested Style again to add my next Nested Style instruction. This one is going to be for the Course Name, so I will choose my Course Name Character Style, and I don't have an En Space to act as a delimiter to stop this formatting instruction. I need to find something else. What I do have is an opening parenthesis where the Prerequisites information starts. And that's consistent in all of my listings.
So I am going to use that as my delimiter. I will apply Course Name up to, but not, including, 1 opening parenthesis, except I don't see opening parenthesis in this menu. Not to worry. I can just delete words from that field and type in an opening parentheses to create my own delimiter. I will click off here, and you can see my Course Name style applied right up to that opening parenthesis. My third Nested Style is going to handle the formatting of the prerequisites information that's in parenthesis.
So I will choose my Prerequisites Character Style and apply that through 1 closing parenthesis. Click off to see the change on the screen, move this out of the way and there is where my nested Style ends. Once all the Nested Style instructions have been applied, the paragraph reverts back to its normal appearance. And it continues that way through the rest of the paragraph. You don't have to specifically tell it to do so, it just does. I'm done here. So I'll click OK and now I've got my three paragraphs auto formatted with multiple Nested Character Styles.
Whenever you have reliable patterns in a paragraph, you can apply one or more Nested Style instructions and achieve complex formatting that's applied consistently and automatically.
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